The Australian government has dropped protections for language programs at a time when universities are announcing plans to end Asian languages courses. That's a mistake in the Asian Century.
Many migrant parents are hesitant to pass their language accent onto their children. They fear this may lead them to experience discrimination. But speaking two languages has many advantages.
Better job prospects and richer lives are among the many reasons to learn a foreign language, an expert on foreign language instruction writes.
Children as young as eight or nine could be taught in a more adult, analytical way.