New South Wales resists national push for language instruction

11/21/2011 | Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The

A new national curriculum in Australia calls for more foreign-language instruction in primary school. In New South Wales, however, officials have criticised the plan, saying there could be a shortage of teachers and problems with fitting the new requirement into the existing curriculum. New South Wales currently has no language-instruction requirement for primary-school students, as opposed to Victoria, where primary students spend 700 hours annually learning languages.

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