Report on LOTE in the diocese of Toowoomba

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Mangubhai, Francis. 1993. Report on LOTE in the diocese of Toowoomba . Brisbane, Queensland. Queensland Catholic Education Commission.
Title

Report on LOTE in the diocese of Toowoomba

Report TypeProject report
Authors
AuthorMangubhai, Francis
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Number of Pages11
Year1993
PublisherQueensland Catholic Education Commission
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Queensland
Abstract

The Diocese of Toowoomba has 26 primary schools and 9 secondary schools. Of the 26 primary schools, 10 are P-7, and 15 are 1-7. One offers both primary and secondary and goes from 1-10. Of the secondary schools, 4 are 8-12, while 5 schools are 8-10 (in one case, the school is on its way to becoming 8-12.) The primary schools are all systemic. Of the secondary schools, 5 are non-systemic diocesan colleges, 2 are systemic and 2 are order-owned. One of the diocesan colleges has a primary section (Years 5-7) attached to it.

In 1993, there are altogether 2503 students studying LOTE at the primary level (approximately 48 percent of total primary roll). The Japanese language is the most popular - over 33 percent of primary students are studying this LOTE. This language is also offered at a variety of year levels: two schools offer it from Year 1 to 7, while another two offer it from Year 2 upwards. There has been a great expansion of LOTE in the primary schools in 1993: in 1992, only 13 schools offered a LOTE, 11 of them Japanese.

At the secondary level, Japanese is once again the most popular LOTE but in all cases there is a substantial drop in numbers taking these LOTEs at the higher levels. The drop occurs between years 8 and 9, reflecting the practice in all schools of including a LOTE as one of the core subjects taken in year 8 usually for a semester. It may be that with the development of LOTE in the primary schools, a greater number of students might be motivated to carry on learning a LOTE beyond year 10. It remains to be seen whether such an assumption is warranted or whether there are other factors that determine the numbers that continue the study of LOTE up to year 12.

Keywordslanguages other than english; LOTE; diocese; Toowoomba; primary; secondary; catholic schools
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390108. LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
470399. Language studies not elsewhere classified
440105. Linguistic anthropology
Public Notes

Report to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission by the National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia Ltd. Print copy not held USQ Library and unable to be ordered as out of print.

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Book TitleLOTE in Catholic schools in Queensland: a long term approach
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