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SYDNEY Cheap Adam Vinatieri Jersey , June 26 (Xinhua) -- Australia is behind the times when it comes to teaching foreign languages, according to a linguistics expert who said more Australians must learn Chinese.
A split focus on learning heritage European languages and "more relevant" Asian languages is keeping Australia firmly stuck in the past, according to Professor Warren Midgley of the University of Southern Queensland, who said Australia is not making the most of its resources as a multicultural country as a tool to advance language education.
Midgley contended that there is a "stark difference" between the expectations of government policy initiatives and the reality of the educational system, stressing that Australia is severely falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to learning future-relevant foreign languages in this Asian century.
In his research, Midgley found Japanese Cheap Jack Doyle Jersey , French, and German were the most commonly offered languages at Australian schools, but these languages being studied are not representative of demography, or even the available economic opportunities in modern Australia.
"We are absolutely stuck in the past, and part of that is it just takes so long to make a change in the language education system - it's like turning the Titanic," Midgley told Xinhua Monday.
"In the late seventies Cheap Clayton Geathers Jersey , there was a sudden realisation that Japan was a big trading partner, so there was a big emphasis on teaching Japanese, and now it is the largest in terms of popularity across schools in Australia. Japanese is still an important language but it's not the only important language."
"Things have changed, and the system is very slow in responding."
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