Train migrants to teach Aussie kids foreign languages, report urges

15 May 2013

A report to be published tomorrow suggests skilling up migrants to become language teachers could help realise government plans to make Australia more ‘Asia literate’.

The report, published by the Australia India Institute based at the University of Melbourne, says innovative ways to deliver language teaching will be needed if the Federal government’s plan to introduce the teaching of Hindi in Australian schools is to become a reality.

Teaching the teachers could involve offering new, streamlined qualifications, including diplomas of education.

Authored by journalist and Asia specialist Hamish McDonald, the report titled India, Australia and the Asian Century, also calls for a government advertising campaign to explain the benefits that overseas students bring to Australia. It says the establishment of Australia study centres in India could improve ties, increase mutual awareness and drive scientific and environmental collaboration.

The release of the report coincides with a speech tomorrow in Melbourne by Australia’s top diplomat, the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Peter Varghese on the subject Our Journey with India.

A copy of the report ‘India, Australia and the Asian Century’ is available here

FOR DETAILS OF PETER VARGHESE’S LECTURE SEE

http://www.aii.unimelb.edu.au/events/our-journey-india-australia-india-institute-annual-oration

FOR INTERVIEWS WITH HAMISH MCDONALD CONTACT

Alexandra Hansen (03) 9035-8681 or 0423951135 (m)

or Christopher Kremmer 0481032731