‘Get serious’ on teaching languages

‘Get serious’ on teaching languages | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education Supplement| 30 September, 2009

LIGHTWEIGHT programs that give language learning a bad name should be wound up as part of a nationwide attempt to engage schools, teacher training and ethnic communities in a serious culture of language learning, a new report recommends. “You need a symbolic change,” said Joe Lo Bianco, the University of Melbourne language planner who wrote the report. “The focus in the debate should now be what constitutes serious effort (in language learning).”

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