Social Attitudes to Blame for Low Bilingualism in Australia

Australia is often described as a nation of immigrants. We enjoy the diversity of so many different cultures, much like other multicultural countries such as the US and Canada. But are we falling behind other countries when it comes to language learning and bilingualism?

Over the next 18 months Australia is set to take in twelve thousand refugees, adding to our already diverse population. While the multiculturalism isn’t set to slow down any time soon, language learning in our schools is dwindling.

We were joined by Dr Mark Antoniou, a bilingualism expert with the University of Western Sydney’s MARCS institute, to chat about why we’re seeing these drops.

Produced by Annie Tong

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