10 reasons to learn another language: USC talk

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10 reasons to learn another language: USC talk


24 October 2014

Compelling research on the tremendous value to school children of learning more than one language will be presented at a public lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday 4 November.

USC Lecturer in Education Dr Peter Grainger will outline his work, including academic studies and anecdotal stories from his 20 years as a Japanese language teacher in high schools, at the fifth lecture in the Research@USC series from 5.30-7.30pm.

Dr Grainger will list 10 reasons why languages matter, ranging from increasing global understanding and improving employment potential to increasing self-understanding and life skills.

“People may not realise that learning a second language can also improve our first language ability, especially regarding literacy,” he said.

Dr Grainger, who is a member of the Sunshine Coast branch of the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland, said he aimed to encourage more language students to become language teachers.

He said the Queensland Government’s new ‘Global Schools’ initiative could revitalise the teaching of languages across the state, with its goal to have 100 percent of state schools offering languages from Prep by 2025.

To register for the lecture at the USC Innovation Centre Auditorium email ed.foshee@usc.edu.au or call 5459 4529.

Julie Schomberg

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