Helen Hatzikalis

October 16, 2014

I am a first generation Greek Australian born to parents who migrated to Australia in the 1950’s from Rhodes. Whilst embracing my Greek heritage I am also a very proud Australian. (http://curiousworks.com.au/stories/the-princess-and-the-bird-meet-eat-episode-6/) Throughout my childhood I was expected to speak Greek at home and although I did not attend Greek Language School my father made it a priority to teach my brother and I to read and write Greek. As a parent of 2 children, I ensured that they went to Greek Language School as youngsters and I always encouraged them to speak Greek when visiting their grandparents.

Throughout their education they also picked up a third language, which they studied for many years. It is my belief that all primary and secondary schools should be supported and encouraged to provide their students with the opportunity to study a new language, ideally, with the option to begin in Foundation class and continue right through to VCE. Let’s not forget the neuroscience behind the benefits of studying a new language, but also because Australia is made up of a plethora of diverse cultures and the study of languages provides the students with the opportunity to appreciate and experience these cultures without necessarily travelling.

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