[lg policy] Australia; Coalition's schools target on foreign languages questioned

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 30 21:43:03 UTC 2013

Coalition's schools target on foreign languages questioned

   - From: The Australian <http://www.theaustralian.com.au>
   - August 30, 2013 12:00AM

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 THE Coalition's promise to have 40 per cent of school leavers learning a
foreign language within a decade has met with scepticism.

"We haven't got 14 per cent yet, I just cannot see that (40 per cent) could
be achieved, admirable as it is as a goal," said Melbourne University's
Jane Orton, an expert in Chinese teacher training.

About 12 per cent of Year 12 students take languages, on the latest
figures, and the Coalition's newly released education policy bemoans the
weak, even endangered state of some strategic languages, such as Indonesian.


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