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Education—language courses
(Question No 1813)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 5 December 2007:

(1) What modern languages are currently taught in ACT government schools;

(2) What modern languages are taught in each individual ACT government school;

(3) Which schools do not teach a language at the moment;

(4) How many modern language teachers are there in ACT schools;

(5) How many teachers are there for each modern language taught in ACT schools;

(6) How many teachers in the ACT government education system are solely language teachers;

(7) Are there other teachers in the government education system who have language training but who are not being used to teach modern languages in ACT government schools; if so, how many;

(8) Do those teachers referred to in part (7) have language training in the languages currently offered in ACT government schools; if so, which languages and how many;

(9) Are there instances where language teachers will teach at more than one school in the ACT government school system;

(10) Is there any co-ordination between ACT government and non-government schools when it comes to language teaching;

(11) What plans does the Department of Education and Training have of integrating language teaching into ACT preschools.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The modern languages currently taught in ACT government schools are French, German, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Greek.

(2) and (3) There is a table on the Department’s website which lists schools and the languages they teach. It can be found at under Languages taught in ACT government schools.

(4) Schools make decisions about the composition of their staff and workloads in any given year. According to the 2007 languages census, conducted in May, schools identified 125 teaching positions for languages.

(5) The 2007 languages census indicates there are 10 teachers of Chinese, 37 teachers of French, eight teachers of German, one teacher of Korean, 11 teachers of Italian, 32 teachers of Japanese, one teacher of Greek, 17 teachers of Indonesian and eight

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