A Marshall Liberal Government will ensure students across South Australia have the intercultural capabilities they need to succeed in the increasingly globalised world in which they live by reinvigorating the study of languages in South Australian schools.
When Labor came to office in 2002, 11.8% of Year 12 students in South Australia were undertaking language studies.
In 2016 only 4.9% of students studied a language other than English in Year 12.
Despite the Weatherill Government’s Chinese engagement strategy, the study of the Chinese language by Year 12 students has dropped from 1.9% in 2002 to just 0.9% in 2016.
Learning a second language is beneficial for students’ general academic development – with a clear link between learning another language and literacy development in English.
Learning a language other than English is also becoming increasingly important in a globalised market, with many countries refocussing on the importance of having a bilingual workforce to take full advantage of international trade links.
That’s why a Marshall Liberal Government will focus on reinvigorating the study of languages in schools.