Australian Language Policy and the design of a national curriculum for languages

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Australia&#8217;s efforts at valuing its multilingualism through the development of national language policy have been acclaimed by international scholars on bilingualism, but all is not well with Australia&#8217;s state as a multilingual society. A significant proportion of the population is bi- or multilingual, but this is not the norm, which is particularly obvious in the education sector where Australia-wide less than 15% of students in year 12, the final year of schooling, take a language other than English. In 2011, a national language curriculum <i>Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Languages</i> was drafted, which is discussed in this contribution against the background of Australian language policy and with a particular focus on the distinction between different pathways of language learning.


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