The conclusion draws together the various threads of this study into languages other than English in the Australian tertiary sector: the shifting priorities of governments and also of universities. It has highlighted the inconsistency in language policies and has looked at those influences, socially, culturally politically and economically which have impacted on language policies and teaching. Throughout this study there has been the thread of national interest and how successive governments have sought to justify policies in the name of what is good for the country. National interest, as demonstrated, is an elusive concept. What has also been shown is the importance of benefaction throughout the history of the university sector to enable certain languages to be taught. Whilst benefaction cannot be anticipated, it is likely to be a positive factor for language offerings in the years to come.
KeywordsNational interest Language policy Benefaction Government priorities Political influences Economic influences
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