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Situating the challenges in current languages education policy in Australia – unlearning monolingualism

9 Jun 2014
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In situating the challenges in languages education policy in Australia in current times, I give an account of policy and curriculum development for the learning of languages in school education.

In so doing, I highlight (1) the integral relationship between languages education, literacy and multiculturalism policies; (2) the meaning and consequences of the absence of a national policy on languages; and (3) the fundamental challenge of addressing the pervasive ‘monolingual mindset’, particularly in school education, as a major site for the formation of knowledge, understanding and values. I then draw on my recent experience of working on the framing of Languages as a learning area in the national curriculum, which is currently being developed in Australia, to illustrate the complexity of doing languages policy and curriculum policy work and the efforts to resist the forces towards simplification.

I conclude with a discussion of the challenge of ‘unlearning’ monolingualism, both for those involved in the field of languages education and for those involved in education in general.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14790718.2014.921176
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2014
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