Asian language study lagging in Australia

PM – Tuesday, 5 May , 2009  18:46:00
Reporter: Jeff Waters
MARK COLVIN: Leading business, union and academic bodies have formed a new alliance to promote Asian language and cultural studies in Australian schools and universities. The Business Alliance for Asia Literacy was launched in Melbourne today in an attempt to address this country’s patchy commitment to learning about our neighbours.The alliance says that half Australia’s schools teach very little about Asia. Just 6 per cent of final-year students study an Asian language. Just 3 per cent go on to study the languages in universities.Jeff Waters reports.