Threatening blot on the polyglot

Bernard Lane, The Australian Higher Education Supplement

ONLY one in 10 first year students takes a language other than English at university and about one-third of those who begin a language last just one semester, a bleak new study has found. The report for the Australian Academy of the Humanities blames an “aggressively monolingual culture” in which students learn that languages are an easily discarded “add on” rather than an integral part of their education.,25197,25646329-12332,00.html

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