Lifestyle

Aussie students to learn more languages with new curriculum

Kimberly gets an Aussie thumbs up from Chinese teacher Joshua Wang after successfully writing in Chinese.
Kimberly gets an Aussie thumbs up from Chinese teacher Joshua Wang after successfully writing in Chinese. Robyne Cuerel

SCHOOL students across Australia could be learning Chinese Mandarin and Italian as early as 2014, after a new draft curriculum was released on Wednesday.

The two are the most common second languages spoken in Australia, School Education Minister Peter Garrett said.

He said the long-standing role of the Italian community in Australia, and the priorities under the government Asian Century white paper, were why these two languages had been chosen.

The draft paper outlines specific learning pathways for students for Chinese Mandarin, including background speakers, first language students and students who want to learn Mandarin.

"Different learning pathways will address the increasingly diverse needs and interests of the Australian population, which include Australian-born and overseas-born Chinese speakers attending school in Australia, as well as students that want to learn Chinese as their second language," Mr Garrett said.

"Learning a second language will help our children be global citizens and take advantage of the opportunities the Asian Century will give them, including international employment opportunities and greater cultural awareness."

Mr Garrett also invited interested people, including the education community and language specialists to get involved and provide feedback on the draft curriculum.

Other languages planned for the curriculum include Japanese, Indonesian, German, French, Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish, Korean, Modern Greek and a framework for indigenous languages.

Topics:  chinese, curriculum, education, italian, languages, lifestyle, mandarin, students




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Police release CCTV images of bottle store robbery

Police conducted patrols of the area but were unable to locate the two men.

Two men fled hold up with a sum of cash

Uni Games to give Eden a fun break

Ipswich representative hockey and indoor hockey player Eden Jackat.

Medical student to enjoy new challenge

Latest deals and offers

Mayor Paul Pisasale on the federal election

Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale on the federal election

2016 Rosewood Show

Thousands of people passed through the gates to enjoy all the fun and entertainment...

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"