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Q: Should Australian school children be forced to learn Chinese from their first year at school?

The Australian government's latest push, as part of it's shift away from the US and towards China, is that all Australian school children learn a compulsory "Asian language" (meaning Chinese) from their first year at school.

 

This is being included as a condition if the states want increased funding for education.

 

Is there any benefit to an entire country learning a second language, when most business and other international institutions operate in English anyway?

7 years 45 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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give it another 20 years and you will need Arabic to communicate in Australia

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It's probably easier to teach everyone else Chinese than to get 1.3 billion Chinese to speak an understandable English (sorry you English teachers, I just never meet anyone in this country who speaks English well enough so I can recognize it as English)

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Forcing someone to learn is like a woman trying to rape a man.

 

At a certain point it becomes pointless continuing.

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Is that another idea from that Welsh woman they voted in?

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I think that it is a good idea to learn a second language at school from childhood, it is a common practice in many countries. It would be better to offer more choices though, but I guess that it is easier to setup the infrastructure for only one language rather than offer other options. At least it is a first step

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I'm in a couple of minds about this.

 

Should people learn a second (or third, or whatever) language - yes. Forcing them to from 1st grade.. hmmmm.

 

There has been some good research done (in ?Belgium and Canada) which shows it's effective for increasing brain power, and getting in young (and in a fully immersive environment) is great.

 

But, how useful will it be? And why specify an asian language?? Sure, Japanese and Chinese may be obvious, but still, so is Spanish, French and (to a much lesser extent now) German. Perhaps Italian?? I do know there are quite a few kids (usually in primary or secondary) who are learning Indonesian.

i also met a yr 9 girl who was learning Mandarin, and I found some of what she learnt to be... well, not overly natural :(

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Australia does a lot of trade with China and hence, in wanting to make it a compulsory Asian language. Personally, I do not believe that anyone should be forced to take Chinese in Australia as this seems to be politically motivated.

 

The problem is that it is fast becoming a fashion statement to say that you are doing a second language rather than actually wanting to do it.

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In Canada we must take French up until Grade 8. The only reason they force that upon us is because they can make a cultural argument for it as French is an official language in Canada and a good 1/3 of the nation uses it as their first language. However, FORCING kids to learn Mandarin smacks of corporate interference in the school system and for that reason should be stopped. 

 

"We're all going to make you a good little workforce to suit our needs, bwahahaha"

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Why would you force anyone to learn a language? They should be offered more languages to choose from but not forced.

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I was against it at first, but then it might help prevent the school kids from becoming bogans in the future. surprise

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Forcing anyone to learn Chinese doesn't work - it is too difficult for that. Either someone likes and enjoys doing it or may as well just not even start.

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Bo language training should be required unless it is the native language of the particular country where an immigrant is apply for residency or citizenship.

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T. 's back! Welcome abroad, T! ….or is it 'on board'?

 

'Hey there people, I'm Bobby Brown

They say I'm the cutest boy in town

My car is fast

My teeth is shiney…I tell all the girls they can kiss my heinie….

 

Eventually, me and my friend

sorta drifted along into S&M

I can take about an hour on the Tower of Power

as long as I get a little 'golden shower'.....

 

And my name is Bobby Brown

watch me now, I'm going down….'.

 

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