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    AUSTRALIAN schoolchildren would be required to learn an Asian language under a proposal put forward by Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop.
    Ms Bishop says she will push to have the plan adopted as coalition policy before the next federal election.

    "I believe that we should have a much greater focus on a second language," she told Sky News today.

    "In fact my view is it should be mandatory.

    "It should be an Asian language. I wouldn't necessarily say it has to be Mandarin. Japanese, Indonesian - there are a number of Asian languages that would be important."

    Such a policy would help Australia engage with its increasingly important region, Ms Bishop said.

    "It would be brilliant form of soft diplomacy if we had a large body of people in Australia who were able to speak an Asian language," she said.

    Ms Bishop also wants to see an expanded two-way student exchange program
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/bre...-1226207239286

    SYDNEY (AFP) – Arabic is the most commonly spoken language after English by young people in Australia, a study has revealed, with about one in eight multilingual children using it in the home.

    The Australia Early Development Index, a government-backed study of more than 260,000 children in their first year of school, found that 18 percent spoke a language other than English.

    Despite no Arabic nation making the top 15 countries of birth for Australia's children, some 5,565 spoke the language at home, 11.8 percent of all multilingual children.

    Vietnamese was the second-most prevalent, at 8.4 percent, followed by Greek, Chinese dialects and Hindi, each spoken by less than 5.0 percent
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110415...anguagemideast

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    Mandarin is already our third most spoken language after English and Maori, with the latest estimates of the number of Maori speakers at around 157.000.

    It would mean Chinese language television, correspondents based in China, mass Chinese language learning and a much deeper understanding of how China works. It would require New Zealanders broadly, including pakeha, Maori and Pacific Island New Zealanders, to really welcome home the 400,000 or so Chinese New Zealanders who will live here by 2026.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ectid=10658442

    The Chinese government is stepping up its push to make Mandarin a second language in some of New Zealand's schools.
    It is putting up $250,000 towards tuition so Kiwi children can learn the language.

    Maylene Lai from the Chinese Language Foundation said getting New Zealand children to learn Mandarin is a "no-brainer".

    Prime Minister John Key has said he believes Mandarin will one day push aside traditional European choices as a second language.
    "In modern day New Zealand economy, our interaction with the Chinese economy is going to be much more important than having a great understanding of Latin or French," Key said
    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/fund...ndarin-3664470

    Language ruckus at Maccas

    A McDonald's manager who suggested an unhappy customer should learn to speak Chinese has been criticised by her superiors.
    Nicola Ireland and her boyfriend Michael Schuster went to McDonald's in Panmure last Sunday and ordered a mochaccino.
    "I couldn't understand what the Asian attendant was saying," says Ireland, "and she got annoyed and said 'I already told you'."
    Ireland complained to the shift manager and Schuster said the attendant needed to learn English.
    Ireland alleges they were told: "It's not our problem you can't speak Chinese."
    "I was bewildered, it made me feel like I don't belong here."
    Shift manager Shan Shan told the Herald on Sunday she recalled saying, "If one day you could speak Chinese properly that would be good".

    "People are trying hard to speak English. I know it's not appropriate to speak to customers like that, but they were so rude to us."
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10734601

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    Question The Future of the English and Maori Language in New Zealand?

    There is no question that with every Western country, every country in the world outside of China, governments and government policy and I think morality are being effected by the economic might of China.

    “Everybody is bending principles and bending over backwards to make China happy.”
    http://www.3news.co.nz/NZ-risks-deat...0/Default.aspx


    The government has ignored Pacific languages in New Zealand by placing value only on English literacy, says a Pasifika Member of Parliament.
    Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni said the government had failed to recognise the evidence supporting Pacific children having a solid grounding in their own heritage.
    “They have subsequently devalued our Pacific languages,” said Sepuloni.
    Sepuloni said celebration of Samoan Language Week – which began on Samoa’s Independence Day on June 1 and ends next Tuesday – was an opportunity for children to build confidence in speaking their own language.
    http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2011/06/p...ays-labour-mp/

    "I've done some forecasts as well ... my pick is that a quarter of Auckland will be Asian by 2016."
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/n...ectid=10725977

    2008 Maori language alive and well in London
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Maori-languag...7/Default.aspx

    The Maori language is in crisis, despite the state spending more than $220 million a year on programmes to save it, a damning report has found.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post...way-of-the-moa

    Make the Maori language compulsory, and the sooner the better. If we don’t take urgent action the language is in danger of dying
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/opin...-be-compulsory

    Teachers will be required to learn the Maori language and culture under new rules to be introduced next month, but the Secondary Principals' Association says making it compulsory will cause resentment.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/educ...y-for-teachers


    Text language risky move in NCEA examinations ... "Examiners will be expecting the use of the English language in full
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=10410066


    The issues outlined here are not just occurring in English. Other staff gathered around the coffee pot will tell you that their beloved subjects are being dumbed down, too.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opi...y-exam-changes

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