‘Learning languages enriches our learners intellectually, educationally and culturally; enables our learners to communicate across cultures; contributes to social cohesiveness through better communication and understanding; further develops the existing linguistic and cultural resources in our community; contributes to our strategic, economic and international development; enhances employment and career prospects for the individual’. 1
Figures indicate that more than 130 languages are studied in Australian educational institutions with approximately 48% of students studying a second language, most of these in the 20 main languages being studied. The number declined slightly between 2001 and 2005. Data indicates a peak of language learning is reached in the early years of secondary schooling. 2
Pages listed below provide information and resources for multiple languages, including those most commonly studied. Resources include courses, grammars, dictionaries, software, blogs, podcasts, writing techniques, more. Some pages such as Sign Languages cover multiple versions, though AUSLAN is the major one.
There are also a number of archived pages [available but no longer maintained] listed. The links were all accurate at the date on the bottom of each page .
Titles clearly indicate content, so we have not added descriptors. Click on the page title to go to the page.
1. National Statement for Languages Education in Australian Schools. Part of the National Plan for Languages Education in Australian Schools 2005-2008, Page 2. Retrieved 28 September 2014 from Education Council Home.
2. Data taken from An Investigation of the State and Nature of Languages in Australian Schools - Research Centre for Languages and Cultures Education University of South Australia 2007, Sections 3 & 4, pages 30-43. Report as part of Languages Education. Retrieved 19 December 2012 from Pandora Archive.