Tag Archives: Languages

‘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).”


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.