$15.2 million package to promote Asian languages in Australian schools

Let’s face it…a language like Mandarin Chinese is not the easiest for a monolingual Australian child to master.  However, it is very important if future generations of Australians are to compete on a global platform


If you have experience of teaching Mandarin Chinese to Australian kids, we would love your viewpoint.  What are the challenges and what support do you need?  Is the government doing enough?

“We’ll need some new thinking and new ways of teaching if we want to reach our goal of increasing the study of Asian languages in Australian schools,” says Australian School Education Minister Peter Garrett in his recent press release on children learning Asian languages in school.

What do the language teachers think?