It’s tough being a LOTE teacher in Australia and you only have to look a world map to understand why. We’re literally ‘girt by sea’ and English is our official language. There doesn’t seem to be a huge incentive to learn the languages of other countries, and we’ve done very little (if anything) to promote the learning of Indigenous languages. So it’s not uncommon for LOTE teachers to hear the lament that is our title today.
I could go on, but let’s get positive. Because there are many good reasons for children in Australian schools to be learning a language.