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Episodio #35: La SBS National Languages Competition

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Radio SBS incoraggia per il terzo anno consecutivo gli studenti a partecipare alla SBS National Languages Competition.

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Italian

Con gli esami finali in svolgimento in molti stati e territori, gli studenti dell'anno 12 hanno un'ultima possibilità per dimostrare tutto quello che hanno imparato negli anni precedenti.

Tra di loro ci sono alunni che studiano una seconda lingua.

La studentessa del Georges River College Sarah Al-Nuaymi era sollevata una volta terminato il suo ultimo esame orale di arabo, ma ha aggiunto che intende continuare ad utilizzare la lingua anche dopo la scuola superiore.

"I'm planning to use Arabic in International Relations, in hopes of studying International Law as well as Business."

Il Georges River College, ad ovest di Sydney, offre ai suoi studenti sei lingue: inglese, cinese, giapponese, francese, italiano e greco moderno.

Gli studenti che vogliono imparare una lingua diversa possono partecipare a classi che si tengono nel fine settimana.

Lo studente dell'anno 12 Samer Nakour racconta che partecipare alle classi di lingua il sabato gli ha dato l'opportunità di incontrare altre persone che coltivano i suoi stessi interessi.

"I came, I knew no-one here in this country. I came as a refugee. And when I met people in the Saturday school, that made me feel a sense of belonging to this country maybe."

La vice preside del Georges River College Kate McCrae sostiene che molti studenti che studiano una seconda lingua lo fanno perché amano la materia.

"A lot of them are doing it because they love languages, so some of them might be doing the language that they speak at home but also studying a new language. Others will be looking to maybe do it at university. And, eventually, they will be citizens where they have to live and work globally, and having an advantage of multiple languages will be a real bonus for them."

Se da una parte circa 250 studenti del Georges River College hanno scelto di studiare una seconda lingua, dall'altra parecchie scuole in Australia stanno eliminando lo studio di una lingua straniera dalle materie degli ultimi anni.

L'Australia si classifica ultima tra i paesi dell'OECD per il numero di studenti di scuole superiori che si diplomano con una seconda lingua.

È un trend che sia il governo che il mondo accademico stanno cercando di limitare.

Per il terzo anno consecutivo, gli studenti australiani sono dunque incoraggiati a partecipare alla National Language Challenge di Radio SBS.

Si richiede ai partecipanti di presentare una foto accompagnata da una frase nella lingua che studiano che spieghi quali sono le possibilità che si aprono per chi impara una lingua.

La direttrice di Radio SBS Mandi Wicks ha dichiarato che il concorso mira ad incoraggiare ancora più persone a dedicarsi alle lingue straniere.

"What it's really about is about celebrating a love of learning languages, but also really trying to encourage language retention in Australia. What we know is that language is really intrinsically linked to culture, and, where people can retain their language, it really aids in their sense of identity and, actually, their sense of belonging here in Australia."

Il concorso nazionale è aperto per la prima volta a partecipanti di tutte le età e anche a chi sta imparando l'inglese come seconda lingua.

Mandi Wicks ha aggiunto che Radio SBS si augura di ricevere un numero maggiore di partecipazioni indigene nell'edizione di quest'anno.

"So we've had, in the past, more than 70 languages be entered into the competition, and that's included things like Auslan as a language. This year, we would love to increase the number of Indigenous entries into the competition as well."

La SBS National Language Competition si chiude il 18 novembre.


 

English

With final exams underway in many states and territories, Year 12 students have one last opportunity to demonstrate all they have learnt over the past 13 years.

Among them are students studying a second language.

Georges River College student Sarah Al-Nuaymi was relieved once she finished her final Arabic-language exam, but she says she intends to continue using the language beyond high school.

"I'm planning to use Arabic in International Relations, in hopes of studying International Law as well as Business."

Georges River College, in Sydney's west, offers six languages to students: English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian and Modern Greek.

Those students who want to learn a different language can also attend weekend classes.

Year 12 student Samer Nakour says attending language classes on a Saturday actually opened up opportunities for him to meet other, like-minded people.

"I came, I knew no-one here in this country. I came as a refugee. And when I met people in the Saturday school, that made me feel a sense of belonging to this country maybe."

Georges River College deputy principal Kate McCrae says many students who study a second language do it out of love for the subject.

"A lot of them are doing it because they love languages, so some of them might be doing the language that they speak at home but also studying a new language. Others will be looking to maybe do it at university. And, eventually, they will be citizens where they have to live and work globally, and having an advantage of multiple languages will be a real bonus for them."

While around 250 students at Georges River College have chosen to study second languages, many others at schools around Australia are dropping foreign-language subjects in their final years.

Australia ranks last out of the OECD countries in high-school graduates leaving school with a second language.

It is a trend both the government and academics are trying to curb.

For the third year in a row, students in Australia are being encouraged to take up SBS Radio's National Language Challenge.

Entrants are required to submit a photo along with a sentence in the language they're studying, explaining the possibilities open to those learning a language.

SBS Radio director Mandi Wicks says the competition is designed to encourage more people to embrace foreign languages.

"What it's really about is about celebrating a love of learning languages, but also really trying to encourage language retention in Australia. What we know is that language is really intrinsically linked to culture, and, where people can retain their language, it really aids in their sense of identity and, actually, their sense of belonging here in Australia."

The national competition is open to people of all ages for the first time.

It is also open to those learning English as a second language.

Mandi Wicks says SBS Radio hopes, in particular, to receive an increased number of Indigenous entries in this year's competition.

"So we've had, in the past, more than 70 languages be entered into the competition, and that's included things like Auslan as a language. This year, we would love to increase the number of Indigenous entries into the competition as well."

The SBS National Language Competition closes on November the 18th.

Report by Michelle Rimmer

 

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