Australia's Language Potential by Michael Clyne PDF

By Michael Clyne

ISBN-10: 0868407275

ISBN-13: 9780868407272

Australia is a rustic with a large variety of languages in an international during which there are extra multilinguals than monolinguals. This e-book explores the anomaly of a country wealthy in language assets, but characterised through monolingual pondering. With perception and keenness, Michael Clyne illustrates the ways that our language assets might be consolidated and additional built for common gain.

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Let us compare our Year 12 statistics with those of a number of European countries. In Finland, the country that received the top rating in the first OECD PISA study (Programme for International Student Assessment) comparing the achievements of school students, all Year 12 students take Finnish, Swedish and English. 12 How can these countries cope with their ‘crowded curricula’ and still give such prominence to languages? AustLanguagePotential04 15/8/05 12:39 PM Page 25 RECOGNISING AUSTRALIA’S M U LT I L I N G UA L I S M • 25 In this chapter, we have focused on the recognition of linguistic diversity in Australia and have provided statistical data on this.

Towns and cities with a presence of the relevant language offer a fascination that may not be obvious to those for whom this presence is commonplace. For many in rural areas, the link with a community language is part of their heritage. Family histories, photographs or diaries are a reminder of the early use of a community language such as German, Italian or Cantonese (or Gaelic or an Aboriginal language). Nevertheless, for people in many rural areas the relevance of bilingualism today is hard to imagine.

The other may then be employed for communication outside the home or for learning other subjects at school. Such functional differentiation creates communicative need: you have to understand and/or speak the AustLanguagePotential04 15/8/05 12:39 PM Page 28 2 8 • AU S T R A L I A ’ S L A N G UAG E P OT E N T I A L language to be able to satisfy your needs, whether they are getting food, receiving vital information or learning a particular subject. This is what school bilingual and immersion programs capitalise on to develop a motivation for using the target language.

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