An academic said that there are many reasons to be motivated to learn a new language but there is still more that can be done in order to teach learners to adapt a second language. Anna Dabrowski is a senior lecturer working at the University of Melbourne and according to her there were over 60-language policies introduced beginning in the 1970s in order to answer this ongoing issue. Majority of schools think about many school improvements they could provide for the children such as high school classroom furniture but the truth is that there are more pressing matters that need to be addressed such as the crowded curriculum that is currently being followed all over Australia.
Dr.Dabrowski said that this crowded curriculum is the culprit as to why the country is still monolingual as opposed to the effect of population. She added that the parents’ support plays a vital role and they should show that they value different languages. A person’s brain greatly benefits when one learns more than one language. For instance, students that are bilingual can decided more sophisticatedly by using their cognitive functions compared to students who only learn one language.
There are many reasons why the country does not have enough fluent language teachers, according to Dr.Dabrowski. One of the main reasons is the requirement to have a teaching registration which should be in accordance to the state or the territory where one is teaching. Another problem is that many of the educators are not very proficient when it comes to other languages and not many have the capability to teach the students a second language.
She finds it absurd that the government missed to look upon the parent communities. She cited China as an example where every classroom has two teachers – the first one teaches in Mandarin while the other one is instructing in English.
The trend is already starting in Australia as four schools in New South Wales have already signed up for the bilingual program. Just as much as parents criticize the high school classroom furniture that their children are using, it is also important to pay the same level of scrutiny to the curriculum of the students and bilingual is the future of Australia.