中英對照讀新聞》Iran bans English in primary schools after leaders’ warning 在領導人提出警告後，伊朗小學禁教英語
Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a Western "cultural invasion".
"Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations," Mehdi Navid-Adham, head of the state-run High Education Council, told state television. "This is because the assumption is that, in primary education, the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid," he said, adding that non-curriculum English classes may also be blocked.
The teaching of English usually starts in middle school in Iran, around the ages of 12 to 14, but some primary schools, below that age, also have English classes. Some children also attend private language institutes after their school day.
Iran’s Islamic leaders have often warned about the dangers of a "cultural invasion", and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all state matters, voiced outrage in 2016 over the "teaching of the English language spreading to nursery schools".
invasion：侵略、侵犯。例如：an invasion of privacy（侵犯隱私）。
groundwork：基礎：例句：Nelson Mandela helped lay the groundworks for the transitional justice in South Africa.（曼德拉協助奠定南非轉型正義的基礎。）
the final say：最終決定權。例句：Who has the final say?（最後是誰說了算？）