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

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Abstract

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
Pages55-74
Number of pages20
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9789027270252
ISBN (Print)9789027214164
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameHamburg Studies on Linguistic Diversity (HSLD)
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Volume3

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