Syrian families learning English in Nova Scotia may face bigger challenges than previously expected, as some adults must learn to read and write for the first time.
All the newcomers were assessed against Canadian language benchmarks upon arrival. Last week, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia received the results of those assessments, said Nabiha Atallah, the manager of communications and outreach.
“Sixty per cent of our new Syrian adults are pre-benchmark — they don’t have Level 1,” she said. “They would be starting from scratch.”
The assessment also found 30 per cent of the Syrian adults do not read or write in their first language of Arabic.