Languages in the Media

Languages and languages education are often the subject of debate and comment in the media. Here we feature a selection of articles which have appeared in the local and overseas press in recent years. To view more recent articles and to stay up to date with languages in the media, follow us on twitter and Facebook.

2013
More take tough tongues, The Australian, 24 April, 2013
New blood for Hindi at La Trobe, The Australian, 22 April, 2013
Talk of Asian Century just that as language funding falls short, The Australian, 17 April, 2013
Indonesia offers language class, The Australian, 17 April, 2013
Asian languages not optional, The Australian, 16 April, 2013
Help for those AsiaBound, The Australian, 10 April, 2013
Asian Century teachers in demand, The Australian, 5 April, 2013
Hands up for a better Asian language plan, The Age, 1 April, 2013
Androids in Amazonia: recording an endangered language, The Conversation, 29 March, 2013
AsiaBound open for business, The Australian, 11 March, 2013
Government bemoans crisis, ignores advice, The Australian, 11 March, 2013
Carr urges Indonesian study, The Australian, 4 March, 2013
Studying languages can grow the brain, Scientific American, 28 February, 2013

2012
Asian vision ‘will cost us billions’, The Australian, 30 October, 2012
Mind your language, The Age, 30 October, 2012
Little to excite about our basic learning problem, The Australian, 29 October, 2012
Gillard sets course for Asia future, The Age, 29 October, 2012
Target Asia: Education the key, The Age, 29 October, 2012
Learning a new tongue tied to funding, The Australian, 29 October, 2012
No winners in loss of language, The Australian, 8 October, 2012
Minding your language a virtual reality, The Age, 7 October, 2012
French? Italian? It’s all double Dutch to many, The Age, 7 October, 2012
Slip of the tongues: language and the unintended consequences of Indigenous policy, The Conversation, 3 October, 2012
Asian century’s opportunities could be lost in translation, The Age, 28 September, 2012
Parlez-vous Yolngu? The Drum, 19 September, 2012
First language education is a matter of common sense, Crikey – Fully (sic), 18 September, 2012
Universities face Asia revolution, The Australian, 12 September, 2012
Language all the talk at festival, Sunshine Coast Daily, 28 August, 2012
Pollies to blame for language lapse, not parents, The Australian, August 21, 2012
Parents blamed for Asian study fall, The Australian, 13 August, 2012
La Trobe spares Indonesian but 37 jobs to go in humanities and social sciences, The Australian, 11 August, 2012
Languages soar as ‘breath’ options, The Australian, August 1, 2012
EU’s teenagers poor in language skills, The Australian, June 25, 2012
Foreign affairs staff have a French accent, The Australian, June 20, 2012
Australia’s language problem , The Australian, June 12, 2012
Our ‘monolingual’ mission to India, The Australian, June 12, 2012
Sharper profile of academic workforce on the way, The Australian, June 12, 2012
New curriculum ‘to make languages compulsory from seven’, BBC News,┬áJune 10, 2012
$900m bill to save Aboriginal languages, The Age, June 2, 2012
Know Indonesia, know thyself, The Interpreter (Lowy Institute for International Policy), May 22, 2012
Oh, to be bilingual in the Anglosphere, New Scientist, May 8, 2012
The bilingual brain is sharper and more focused, study says, The Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2012
Why bilinguals are smarter, The New York Times, March 17, 2012
French love affair for DFAT, The Australian, February 14, 2012
Language and cultural diversity, Voice (newspaper of The University of Melbourne), Volume 8 Number 1, January 9-February 12, 2012
Language links for life, Voice (newspaper of The University of Melbourne), Volume 8 Number 1, January 9-February 12, 2012
Schools join forces to rescue languages, The Age, February 5, 2012
Government school first in state to teach students Hindi, Premier of Victoria, Media Release, February 1, 2012
Lost in translation, The Age, January 29, 2012
Asian language ‘vital for syllabus’, The Australian, January 28, 2012
UK: Lack of languages in schools concerns unis, The Times, January 27, 2012

2011
The real language crisis, Academe Online, September-October, 2011
Being bilingual may boost your brain power, National Public Radio, April 4, 2011