The case for making foreign language a priority in Australia

11/11/2012 | Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The

Australia must move beyond rhetoric and policymaking to ensure that more students are learning foreign languages, Ken Cruickshank writes. "In Australia, only 12 per cent of students take a language in year 12 compared with 50 per cent in the US and Britain. In the rest of the world, language study is the norm," he writes. Cruickshank suggests the government provide funding for language education, while also improving training and accreditation for teachers.

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Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The