Literacy and languages: a classroom perspective

Shopen, Glenda (2001) Literacy and languages: a classroom perspective. Babel, 35 (9). pp. 16-21.

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The dominance of English in Australia has for many years and for many people appeared to be unproblematic. 'Foreign' languages were spoken by people from other countries. Migrants were (and still are) expected to adopt English as quickly as possible as evidence of their intention to become fully Australian. Indigenous Australians were (and still are) expected to gain access to education through English-only programs. Despite the advances made in bilingual education in Australia over the last thirty years, it seems that English continues to be the essential unifying force within Australian society without which migrants and indigenous groups can expect to be excluded from many of the benefits Australian society has to offer.

Item ID: 13126
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0005-3503
Keywords: classroom practices; language education; literacy development
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2013 06:16
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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