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According to the World Economic Forum's 2012-2013 ranking of global competitiveness, Australia placed 20th, behind Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Canada, Taiwan, Denmark, Qatar, Japan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, and Switzerland.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem. - Mahatma Gandhi
A laugh a day
Junny Ebenezer founded the first Indonesian community language school in Australia. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in education; her dissertation focusing on cross-cultural skills development. Writing from Singapore, Junny shares her thoughts on bilingual education and her observations of the educational and linguistic experiences of her children within the Singapore system.
Fancy a chocolate biscuit or two? Join a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired afternoon tea. Too much chocolate is never enough! Mingle with fellow Roald Dahl fans and debate the merits of Matilda vs. The BFG. Those with a sweet tooth should not miss this event.
Despite having one of the most multilingual societies in the world, rates of language uptake in Australian schools are low, with the number of Year 12 students studying a second language dropping in the past 50 years from 40 per cent to 12 per cent.
Australia needs far more speakers with at least a basic proficiency in Chinese if it is to make the most of growing trade and cultural links with the Asian giant.