National Policy on Languages
A statement of national policy on languages for Australia, submitted for government consideration in response to official concern, is presented. It begins with an introductory section on the importance of language, and then provides a rationale for national language policy formulation in Australia's varied language context. A section on policy looks at the status of English and other native languages in Australia, the scope and direction of the teaching and learning of those languages, language services (translating and interpreting, the media, public libraries, and language testing), and the structure and function of an Advisory Council on Australian Languages Policy (ACALP). General and specific policy and action recommendations are made in many of those areas. Policy contributions solicited from the states and territories are also included, and brief, related case studies are interspersed in the text. A bibliography and case studies of language schools, programs, and associations are appended. (MSE)
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A national policy
Dimensions of and justifications for second language
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Aboriginal Education Aboriginal languages ACALP accredited Alice Springs appropriate areas Asian languages Australian English Australian Languages bilingual education bilingual programs Catholic Chinese co-ordinate Commonwealth Schools community languages courses cultural curriculum Department dialect economic education authorities Education Program English language enrolled Ethnic Schools foreign language funding German Greek groups implementation important Indonesian initiatives institutions Italian key centre knowledge language awareness language education language issues language planning language programs language teaching languages policy learners levels libraries linguistic LOTE major mother tongue Multicultural Education needs non-Aboriginal non-English non-English-speaking background Northern Territory NUMBER OF STUDENTS offered overseas particular planning policy on languages population potential primary schools proficiency projects Queensland role second language second language learning secondary school skills social society speak speakers specialist specific Standing Committee State/Territory TAFE teacher education Torres Strait Islander Victoria Vietnamese Western Arrernte Western Australia