State Liberals to Focus on Language in Schools

The State Liberals will today launch another key education policy, with a push to reinvigorate the study of languages in South Australian schools.

The languages in schools policy will include a broad suite of measures both in the primary years and at the SACE level, in order to give South Australian students the opportunity to become confident and proficient in a second language.

“The Weatherill Labor Government has overseen a decline in languages instruction in South Australia. We will ensure the academic, social, economic and cultural benefits of learning a second language are being realised in South Australian schools,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“Learning a second language is excellent for a student’s overall academic development, with a clear link between learning another language and literacy development in English, so this policy complements our Literacy Guarantee which has already been announced.

“Sadly, under Labor, the percentage of Year 12 students undertaking language studies has dropped dramatically from 11.8 per cent in 2002 to only 4.9 per cent in 2016.”

A Marshall Liberal Government will:

  • Enable four new public schools to offer the International Baccalaureate
  • Expand the options for SACE language study 
  • Expand the Languages Alive holiday programs for primary students 
  • Provide Language Program Grants for primary schools 
  • Improve professional development opportunities for languages teachers 
  • Encourage excellence in language teaching through a range of scholarships 
  • Work with the Universities to review the level of need for new languages teachers and the content of language teaching in teaching degree courses 
  • Review the Stage 2 SACE requirements, including the subject numbers and the Research Project

“We want to have the best schools in Australia, and by reinvigorating the studying of languages in our schools we will better prepare our kids for higher education and employment.”