ERIC Number: ED166971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Case for a National Language Policy in Australia.
Ingram, D. E.
The present state of language programs in Australia, the lack of a coherent language policy, important considerations for developing a national language policy, and long-term outcomes of a language policy are considered. Australia needs to consider the role of languages in society and the society's need for language skills. Among the present conditions are: declining language enrollments, lack of bilingual education instruction, poor translation and interpreter services, and reduced employment opportunities for adults who lack English skills. There has been a failure to respond to the nation's linguistic diversity. The interaction of cultures will be affected by the country's language policy. It must be decided whether multiculturalism also means multilingualism, and ways of developing favorable cross-cultural attitudes must be analyzed. In planning, a clearly defined and nationally accepted proficiency scale is needed. Adoption of the national language policy entails a statement of national belief in certain cultural, linguistic, and social values, and the policy must be embodied in legislation to guarantee linguistic and cultural rights. Adoption of a national language education policy is necesssary for the success of a national language policy. (SW)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Interpreters, Language Attitudes, Language Planning, Language Programs, Language Role, Language Skills, Multicultural Education, Multilingualism, National Programs, Official Languages, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Social Influences, Translation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the State Conference of the Modern Language Teachers Association of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia, October 27, 1978)