Victorian schools are placing a new emphasis on bilingual education.

The Premier Ted Baillieu wants to make second language learning compulsory for most students starting in 2015. But this is just another in a long line of language learning efforts. Why are English speakers so persistently monolingual?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley learns more on this week’s Talk the Talk.

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Here’s the original article from the Age:

Arabic classes in Texas: The initial furore

The school district decides to drop it:

How many languages are spoken in Australia? Census data (PDF):

Languages in Australia: (Wikipedia)