ERIC Number: ED355819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
The National Policy on Languages, December 1987-March 1990. Report to the Minister for Employment, Education and Training.
Lo Bianco, Joseph
The report provides a detailed overview of implementation of the first stage of Australia's National Policy on Languages (NPL), evaluates the effectiveness of NPL programs, presents a case for NPL extension to a second term, and identifies directions and priorities for NPL program activity until the end of 1994-95. It is argued that the NPL is an essential element in the Australian government's commitment to economic growth, social justice, quality of life, and a constructive international role. Four principles frame the policy: English for all residents; support for Aboriginal and indigenous languages; a language other than English for all; and equitable and widespread language services. The report presents background information on development of the NPL, describes component programs, outlines the role of the Australian Advisory Council on Languages and Multicultural Education (AACLAME) in this and other areas of effort, reviews and evaluates NPL programs, and discusses directions and priorities for the future, including recommendations for development in each of the four principle areas. Additional notes on funding and activities of component programs and AACLAME and responses by state and commonwealth agencies with an interest in language policy issues to the report's recommendations are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Advisory Council on Languages and Multicultural Education, Canberra.
Identifiers - Location: Australia