Australian language policy and the design of a national curriculum for languages

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Australia’s efforts at valuing its multilingualism through the development of national language policy have been acclaimed by international scholars on bilingualism, but all is not well with Australia’s state as a multilingual society. A significant proportion of the population is bi- or multilingual, but this is not the norm, which is particularly obvious in the education sector where Australia-wide less than 15% of students in year 12, the final year of schooling, take a language other than English. In 2011, a national language curriculum Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages was drafted, which is discussed in this contribution against the background of Australian language policy and with a particular focus on the distinction between different pathways of language learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlurilingual education
Subtitle of host publicationpolicies - practice - language development
EditorsPatrick Grommes, Adelheid Hu
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789027270252
ISBN (Print)9789027214164
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameHamburg Studies on Linguistic Diversity (HSLD)
PublisherJohn Benjamins


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