Academic journal article Babel

From the Editor

Academic journal article Babel

From the Editor

Article excerpt

This issue appears amidst the run-up to the Australian Federal elections, in the course of which the significance of languages has been in the public eye in various ways, albeit with mixed appreciation. On the positive side, the Leader of the Opposition's proficiency in Chinese, which he displayed in an address to the visiting President of China, was a first in Australian public life. While we could enjoy language knowledge making headlines in the national press for once, there it was too often treated with an awe so many still seem to reserve for English speakers who have become bilingual.

Supported by the AFMLTA, the MLTAV held a public forum in Melbourne in mid-September to allow representatives from each of the major parties to give their position on continuing support for, and priorities within, the National Statement and Plan for Languages Education, and on compulsory language learning and the policy of multiculturalism. All three speakers asserted continuing support for language learning in Australia, although perspectives varied. (The sound files from the forum are available on http://www.mltav.asn.au/advocacy.)

The importance for language learning of having the National Statement became very apparent when the Australian Primary Principals Association in its new Charter, published on 1 October, named English, mathematics, science, and social education as first-tier subjects, and downgraded languages, music, and physical education, among others, to 'add ons'. …

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