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July 26, 2013

Australia

Australian parents pressured to drop home language for English

immigrants-in-AustraliaAn article about the pressure on immigrants in Australia to teach their children English at the expense of their native language.

Migrant parents are under pressure to dump their own language believing it will help their children learn English, an academic said during a recent talk in Sunshine.

During the talk at the Sunshine Library, Successfully Raising Children in More Than One Language Professor John Hajek, said migrant parents were taught to undervalue their own languages, and to ignore their own histories in "a mistaken belief" that it was the only way for their children to learn English successfully.

"Learning one's mother tongue and English are not at all mutually exclusive - you can achieve both very successfully if you just know how to," Professor Hajek said.

Read the full article from The Herald Sun.

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