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Is your kid studying a second language at school? How much they learn will depend on where you live


Hennebry-Leung, M, Is your kid studying a second language at school? How much they learn will depend on where you live, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group, Australia, 6 May 2021 (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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People learn a second language for many reasons, including work, to better understand the world, an interest in the culture of the language itself, and love.

Learning a language has many benefits. For children, it can improve literacy, maths and science skills. It can enhance social skills and empathy, and give them an appreciation of cultural diversity. Evidence also suggests learning a language can safeguard against cognitive decline in older age.

People in Australia speak more than 300 languages. Learning one of these can enrich participation in our multicultural country.

The federal government pointed to the importance of languages in preparing job-ready graduates by including the subject in the university fee cuts announced in 2020. Yet, this perspective is not consistently reflected in the way languages are taught in schools across Australia’s states.

Languages have the lowest year 12 enrolments of all subject areas. Only 10% of year 12 students were enrolled in languages in 2019, compared to 30% in health and physical education, and nearly 50% in the sciences.

Learning languages has a different kind of status across different states. This can be partly be seen in the amount of time each state dedicates to language learning at school.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:language teaching, language education policy
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hennebry-Leung, M (Dr Mairin Hennebry-Leung)
ID Code:144277
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-05-06
Last Modified:2021-05-07
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