Fewer Australian students are studying Asian languages

03/31/2013 | Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The

In Australia, the number of high-school students who do not speak Chinese at home that are learning the language at school has declined in the past four years, despite a goal that the country be "Asia Literate" by 2025. "After six years of bits and pieces, half an hour a week, they have no way of remembering the language, let alone mastering it, so the majority decide when leaving primary school that they're not going to go on learning," said Jane Orton, director of the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at the University of Melbourne.

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