Languages in Australian Schools

Languages in Australian Schools

In days gone by French was the dominant foreign language taught in Australian schools. After all it was the official ‘diplomatic language’ and thus on all our passports.

As time progressed and immigration increased we saw Italian emerge. German came back as people became more detached from WW2 and re-embraced the heritage resulting from large 19th century influxes of Germans to South Australia. Likewise as Japan increased its importance as a trading partner Japanese became a leader in popularity, helped along by introducing Japanese as an option at primary schools. … Read more

Geography students and teachers have new resource for wacky town names

English speakers who visit the UK are often subject to a smirk when they see some of the old village names – Lower Wallop, Middle Wallop, Cocking etc. then there is the famous Austrian village of F_ck where their local … Read more

To ‘Guidebook’, or not to ‘Guidebook’, this maybe the question

It is philosophical Friday- To ‘Guidebook’, or not to ‘Guidebook’, this maybe the question. With today’s smartphone technology many do away with traditional written guides. Whilst we all may have smartphones this may not be a smart thing to do. … Read more

Contemporary Art in Italy

When you travel, do you look for contemporary art in non traditional designed galleries? If yes then you might find this project interesting. MAAM is in Australia at the moment promoting this via Italian news outlets. The objective of bringing … Read more

Linguistic passion and total immersion

John Kinder (NZ by birth), Associate Professor in the Department of European Languages and Studies of the University of Western Australia, being interviewed on the Italian programme on SBS talks about multiculturalism and his own adventure into the Italian language and … Read more

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