ISN Issue 65
Welcome to Issue 65 - second issue for 2012.
"We are supposed to be adapting to the Asian century, yet Australians’ study of foreign languages, especially Asian languages, is in precipitous decline.
The proportion of Year 12 students studying a foreign language has dropped from about 40 per cent in the 1960s to about 12 per cent now.
There are now only about 300 Year 12 Mandarin students who aren’t of Chinese-heritage.
Since 2001, there has been a 21 per cent decline in the numbers studying Japanese and a 40 per cent decline in the numbers studying Indonesian.
If Australians are to make their way in the world, we cannot rely on other people speaking our language.
Starting in pre-school every student should have an exposure to foreign languages.
This will be a generational shift because foreign language speakers will have to be mobilised and because teachers take time to be trained. [...]
My commitment tonight is to work urgently with the states to ensure that at least 40 per cent of Year 12 students are once more taking a language other than English within a decade." Hon. Tony Abbott, Leader of Federal Opposition, Budget Reply Speech, 10 May 2012
Anthony Milner, Basham Professor of Asian History, Australian National University
The "Asian Century" does not call for a reinvention of the Australian community - we would be wrong to fear an assault on our national values and institutions.
But it is necessary to assess our national skill-set and our mental preparation. What we have now is an Australian community in which almost no one learns an Asian language, and the study of Asian societies and histories is virtually ignored in our schools. This cannot be a good basis for the task ahead. Read the full article.
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The Indonesian Studies Newsletter
of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
Issue 65 May - August 2012
- Trek Earth The World Through Photography Exquisite Indonesian Photos
- Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
19th Biennial Conference 2012
The University of Western Sydney 11 - 14 July 2012 Call for Papers Knowing Asia: Asian Studies in an Asian Century
- Education travel to Indonesia may get easier Bernard Lane The Australian 9 May 2012
- Australia lowers level of travel advice to Indonesia Media Release Australian Embassy Jakarta 4 May 2012
- Gillard talks up Asia literacy, Bernard Lane. The Australian, 5 May 2012
- Tony Abbott, Leader of Federal Opposition, Budget Reply Address to the House of Representatives - Parliament House, Canberra, 10 May 2012 (see quote re Asian languages at left)
- Tony Abbott accuses Julia Gillard of playing ‘class war card' Phillip Hudson, AAP Herald Sun 11 May, 2012 Mr Abbott's pledge that all pre-school children will have the chance to learn Asian languages such as Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean and Indian if he becomes Prime Minister was the only new focus in his Budget reply.
- Preschoolers to learn second language under Tony Abbott and the Coalition by By Steven Scott, The Courier-Mail, 11 May 2012
- Kevin Rudd challenges Tony Abbott over foreign languages policy Lanai Vasek, The Australian 11 May 2012
- Attention Tony Abbott: Indonesia Wants Collaboration, Not Confrontation The Conversation, 15 May 2012
- Challenges for investors amid Indonesia’s foreign ownership regulations The Conversation, 27 March 2012
- Mending Indonesia ties will take more than free trade The Conversation, 28 November 2011
- Analyst calls for radical rethink of Indonesia policy
ANU Professor Hugh White on the World Today, ABC
Hugh White: "we should de-emphasise aid as a part of the relationship and I think move a significant portion of those resources into opportunities for Australians to learn more about Indonesia.
I think we should establish a program whereby something like 10,000 young Australians every year go to spend a year in Indonesia to learn Bahasa, to learn something about Indonesia. It would only cost $100 million, which is only about one fifth of the present aid program and it would move the focus of the relationship from us teaching Indonesia things to us learning a bit about Indonesia and learning a big from Indonesia."
- Herb Feith Memorial Lecture by David Hill, 1 Aug 2012 at Uni. Melbourne
- Dr Ken Henry
Speech to the 2012 Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia
13 July 2012 on the forthcoming White Paper "Australia's Future in the Asian Century" [full details at http://asiancentury.dpmc.gov.au/].
- Top End students to learn Indonesian at school by Paul Henderson
CHIEF MINISTER 03 July 2012 [Local copy]
- David Gill: In Love with Local Languages Jakarta Post Wednesday, August 1, 2012 "A country which ranks second in terms of the number of local languages (the first being Papua New Guinea), Indonesia remains the best place for Gill to carry out research on minority languages, which often escape local linguists’ attention."[ ...] Gill says in the eyes of many parents and the public in general, using local languages is less prestigious than using Indonesian and a much-spoken international language such as English. Yet, he refutes this widely-held perception, arguing that it is a sheer fallacy. “In my view, being bilingual and bicultural is much better because it can raise cross-cultural sensitivity and also accord a language user a superior status,” the American-trained linguist added.
- Labor may be lost cause for Asianists Bernard Lane 2 August The Australian
- Mute nation faces the Asian century by Elisabeth Tarica The Age 6 August 2012
Australian Lover of Indonesia Captures Magic of Folk Stories Jakarta Globe 8 August 2012 - see related articles eg Bahasa Indonesia Vanishing Across Australian Universities Mar 5, 2012
- No winners in loss of language by Bernard Lane The Australian August 08, 2012
Oldies but goodies
Relevant reading in past issues for students, teachers, scholars, lobbyists, citizens,.
Issue 64, Issue 63, Issue 62 Issue 61, 60, 59, 58, 57, 56, 55, 54, 53, 52, 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44,43,42, 41, 40,39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26
ASILE 2012 and KIPBIPA VIII will be at UKSW in Salatiga ASILE: 1-4 October 2012
Website : http://ltc.uksw.edu/kipbipa-asile/
Era Baru, Semangat Baru: Peningkatan intensitas kerja sama program BIPA di Dalam dan Luar Negeri
Submission of proposals for papers, workshops etc using one door system http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/kipbipa-asile
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Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)
19th Biennial Conference 2012
The University of Western Sydney
11 - 14 July 2012
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ASILE 2010: June 2010 flyer
Maju Bersama - Lanjutkan!
Collaboration and Other Learning Initiatives
Venue: UNSW@ADFA, Campbell, ACT
Dates: 29-30 September 2010 (followed by FREE Indonesia Update @ANU 1-2 October)
Registration: $225, early bird $200
ASILE home at wikispaces
ASILE 2009 Homepage
at MLTA NSW
ASILE 2009 archive (slideshare)
also D Reeve's on methodology
ASILE 2007 Conference Proceedings
from the Sunshine Coast
and selected archived presentations from previous ASILE conferences at WACANA
State and Territory Associations of Teachers of Indonesian
INTAN South Australia
WILTA Western Australia
Balai Bahasa Perth
ITA NSW NSW