There is usually a historical reason why schools teach certain languages. But as new economies emerge, such languages may no longer be the best ones to learn.
For bilingual children, the constant switching between languages is like a frequent exercise for the ears and the brain.
Researchers have found that some individuals have a 'language aptitude,' which depends on how their brain is organized.
From Jabberwocky to the BFG's gobblefunking, playing with words is the first step to mastering them – not something to be ironed out of teaching.
Is translating into native languages helping the disenfranchised?
From 2016, students will be able to study Aboriginal languages in high schools in New South Wales – but a clause in the design of the course means grades will not contribute towards ATARs.
People growing up with two or more languages have social and cognitive advantages.