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Keep Calm and Get Out of the Anglobubble!


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Why English is not enough - inspired by Professor John Hajek. Why learning a language helps with students' English literacy

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Keep Calm and Get Out of the Anglobubble!

  1. 1. WHY ENGLISH IS NOT ENOUGH Fiona Boughey @FionaR_B .au
  2. 2. This is that part of the world, with a concentration of monolingual English speakers, that operates in English, thinks it only natural that everything should happen in English and should logically be experienced and understood in English. (Hajek, 2013) THE ANGLOBUBBLE
  3. 3. THE REST OF THE WORLD Almost nine out of ten EU citizens believe that the ability to speak foreign languages is very useful and 98% say that mastering languages will be good for the future of their children. What is the richest country in Europe? How many languages do people generally speak there? In China, English is considered a basic skill, not a language
  4. 4. AUSTRALIA Language study – lifestyle choice or educational necessity? 40 minutes per week in primary – enough? Continuity? Crowded curriculum?
  5. 5. BILINGUAL EDUCATION Brain Benefits from Being Bilingual New studies are showing that a multilingual brain is nimbler, quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia longer.
  6. 6. WHY LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? 1. You become smarter 2. You build multitasking skills 3. You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia 4. Your memory improves 5. You become more perceptive 6. Your decision-making skills improve 7. You improve your English
  7. 7. Convinced? How do we communicate this to parents, principals, students…?
  8. 8. THE BENEFITS OF LANGUAGE LEARNING FOR LITERACY DEVELOPMENT Metalinguistic awareness Literacy in English Impoverished view of literacy?
  9. 9. NSW SCHOOLS WITH BILINGUAL PROGRAMS Campsie Public School (Korean) Murray Farm Public School (Japanese) Rouse Hill Public School (Chinese) Scotts Head Public School (Indonesian)
  10. 10. RICHMOND WEST 1.jpg.png over 90% home language not English taught bilingually (Chinese & Vietnamese) Literacy results improved over 2-3 years
  11. 11. ENGLISH IS NOT ENOUGH – THE MONOLINGUAL MINDSET 94% of the world's population do not speak English as their first language 75% of the world's population do not speak English at all
  12. 12. ENGLISH IS NOT ENOUGH – THE MONOLINGUAL MINDSET There is a growing belief amongst language professionals that the future will be a bilingual one, in which an increasing proportion of the world’s population will be fluent speakers of more than one language. How do our students fit
  13. 13. SUCCESS? Amount Quality Exposure resources motivation continuity
  14. 14. THE CHALLENGE Get out of the Anglobubble! Change the monolingual mindset What “crowded curriculum”? ENGLISH IS NOT ENOUGH!