ERIC Number: ED384209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Unlocking Australia's Language Potential: Profiles of 9 Key Languages in Australia. Volume 9: Spanish.
Valverde, Estela; And Others
The last in a series of reports on nine prominent foreign languages in Australia reviews the status of Spanish, particularly as it concerns public policy and second language teaching. The first chapter describes the research and survey methodologies that are the basis for this report. Subsequent chapters summarize the results and draw conclusions. The chapter on Spanish in Australian education looks at student demographics, education policy, ethnic schools, second language instruction, educational associations, curricula, instructional materials, tests and testing, teacher education and certification, and changes over time. The chapter on Spanish in Australian society focuses on patterns in the Spanish-speaking population's location and migration, demand for translation and interpreters, the language's image, and language maintenance and vitality. The chapter on Spanish in Australia and overseas includes its economic importance overseas and in Australia, trade patterns with Spanish-speaking nations, and opinions within the business sector. Conclusions and recommendations are made concerning the promotion of Spanish in education, resource allocation, and the future of the language in Australia. Appended are extensive materials from the study including institutions teaching Spanish, ethnic school contacts, and survey instruments (one in Spanish). Contains 85 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Continuing Education, Demography, Economic Impact, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, International Trade, Interpreters, Language Attitudes, Language Maintenance, Language Role, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Language Usage, Migration Patterns, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Public Policy, Second Languages, Sociocultural Patterns, Spanish, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Translation, Trend Analysis
NLLIA, 9th Level, 300 Flinders St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian National Languages and Literacy Inst., Deakin.
Identifiers - Location: Australia