Primary to Secondary LOTE Articulation: A Local Case in Australia


  • Robert C. Kleinsasser

    1. University of Queensland
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      Robert C. Kleinsasser (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is a member of the post-graduate faculty in the Department of French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Applied Linguistics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.


Abstract: In this study of articulation issues related to languages other than English (LOTE), “articulation” is defined and the challenges surrounding it are overviewed. Data taken from an independent school's admission documents over a 4-year period provide insights and reveal trends concerning students' preferences for language study, LOTE study continuity, and reasons for LOTE selection. The data also provides an accounting of some multiple LOTE learning experiences. The analysis indicates that many students who begin a LOTE in the early grades are thwarted in becoming proficient, because (1)continuation in the language is impossible due to unavailability of instruction; (2)expanded learning is hampered by teachers' inability to deal with a range of learners, (3)extended learning is hampered by administrative decisions or policies, or (4)students lose interest in the first LOTE and switch to another: Finally, a call is made for data gathering and research in local contexts to gain a better understanding of LOTE articulation challenges at the local, state, national, and international levels.