Paper calls for Hindi to be included in Australian curriculum
A VAST untapped pool of Indian migrants skilled in languages should teach Australian school and university students Indian languages such as Hindi, a paper from the Australia India Institute has recommended.
The paper, written by India commentator Hamish McDonald, argues the inclusion of Hindi in Australia's school curriculum should be an essential part of the Commonwealth's Asia policy.
He wrote that the language was included as one of the four priority languages in the government's Asia White Paper last year, along with Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian.
Mr McDonald wrote that while teaching of Hindi in Australian schools came from a low base, there were many competent Indian migrants already living in Australia who could teach the language to students.
"The prospect is for Hindi language teaching to grow organically out of existing programs, with an emphasis on quality rather than a quick rush for larger numbers," he wrote.
"At school level, the Indian diaspora in Australia is likely to supply the initial demand for Hindi teaching and the supply of teachers as well."
Mr McDonald wrote the Australian-Indian community with many native speakers with a high level of education, not necessarily in education, could "with the right training" be turned into excellent teachers.
But he wrote such a plan would be contingent on enough resources being put to the case, citing the removal of Korean from teaching programs in Australia, which showed "good intent is not enough".
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