Why are Australian schools not teaching foreign languages?
Mandarin and English are the most likely languages to become official (we have no official language). But why aren’t they taught? Thousands of Europeans, Africans, Hispanics and Asians are losing their language in Australia. Mandarin Chinese is a good second language that should be official, along with English. But if over 4 million Aussies speak a non-English language at home, why is it not taught at schools?
- Mr JinxLv 72 weeks ago
You are making this up on the run obviously. Great joke but save it for April 1.
- FredLv 72 weeks ago
Likely Spanish would be a better language to learn for many as it is probably the second most common language spoken around the world. Chinese is only spoken in China but Spanish is spoken in Spain, the Philippines, quite a few south American and mid American countries as well as Mexico. Did you know Mexico has 125 million Spanish speaking people which is more than Spanish speakers in Spain. China may have more Chinese speakers but the ones who leave China speak poor English and no other countries speak it. So if you plan to travel you are more likely to need to speak Spanish than Chinese.
The big reason learning a second language is not as important is that virtually all non English speaking countries teach English to their students as English is classed as the international language for trade, pilots, sea captains and business and the rest of the world needs to be able to speak it or risk being left behind in business and trade. You chat to many young Europeans and they speak very good English as a second language. In Asia most young Asians have some ability to speak English. I am sure English is taught in all Chinese schools as a friend of mine considered going there to teach English 20 years ago as the Chinese wanted to employ natural English speaking people to teach in their schools.
- Dj2541Lv 72 weeks ago
I have no idea where you get such a unfounded idea. All high schools in Australia offer language courses for their students. My big son speaks basic Mandarin, My second son speaks basic Japanese and for some unknown reason my daughter was taught Indonesian, one of the most useless languages that she could have chosen.I have a neice who speaks Spanish fluently, 2 Nephews that speak Portugese fluently and these people are all White Anglo-celtic people whose main language is English. All taught at High school.
- John PLv 72 weeks ago
In the 1850s banknotes in Victoria were printed in English and Chinese.
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- ausblueLv 72 weeks ago
they need to act and speak like aussies or go back to so called countries they left cause they hated it
- ArmourorLv 42 weeks ago
They are Both My neighbours children speak French other friends children Learn German Italian Greek Spanish some even speak Manderin
- Anonymous2 weeks ago
English is the world language.
- artherLv 52 weeks ago
exactly why multi multiculturalism is stealing our country if you want to speak Chinese go live in China. Why did these people come to Australia to turn it into a shithole like china?
- sunshine_melLv 72 weeks ago
Australian schools teach in the language of the country - official or not, it's English.
- djLv 62 weeks ago
There is a lack of interest by students to learn a foreign language