E.g., 11/12/2019
E.g., 11/12/2019

VICTORIAN SCHOOLS PREPARE FOR PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS IN ARABIC, VIETNAMESE AND MANDARIN

LanguageLoop


Friday, 11 October, 2019

With the continuing multicultural diversity of Australia’s growing population, schools throughout Victoria are increasingly identifying the need for professional language interpreters during parent teacher interviews. According to Australia’s leading language service provider LanguageLoop, demand for interpreters in schools has risen by 38 per cent in the last five years:

 

Date

Number of assignments

Year-on-year increase

2018

15,519

+12%

2017

13,830

+7%

2016

12,953

+10%

2015

11,750

+5%

2014

11,226

 

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by the Victorian

Department of Education and Training (DET).

 

Arabic and Vietnamese jointly top the ranks as the most in-demand languages requiring interpreters by Victorian schools, closely followed by Mandarin.

 

2018

 

Language

Number of assignments

Percentage of all assignments

1

ARABIC

2149

13.8%

2

VIETNAMESE

2142

13.8%

3

MANDARIN

1904

12.3%

4

DARI

1197

7.7%

5

PERSIAN

904

5.8%

6

AUSLAN

682

4.3%

7

KAREN

491

3.1%

8

CHIN (Hakha)

437

2.8%

9

CAMBODIAN

432

2.7%

10

TURKISH

417

2.7%

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by VIC DET in 2018.

 

This has remained fairly consistent in the last five years, with the notable change as Mandarin being overtaken by Arabic in the last four years:

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

1

VIETNAMESE

1622

1

VIETNAMESE

1637

1

VIETNAMESE

1562

1

VIETNAMESE

1857

2

MANDARIN

1168

2

ARABIC

1274

2

ARABIC

1498

2

ARABIC

1786

3

ARABIC

1097

3

MANDARIN

1203

3

MANDARIN

1390

3

MANDARIN

1721

4

PERSIAN

826

4

PERSIAN

834

4

DARI

864

4

DARI

976

5

DARI

584

5

DARI

696

5

PERSIAN

849

5

PERSIAN

798

6

AUSLAN

485

6

AUSLAN

692

6

AUSLAN

796

6

AUSLAN

593

7

BURMESE

450

7

BURMESE

443

7

BURMESE

442

7

KAREN

451

8

KAREN

405

8

KAREN

408

8

KAREN

416

8

CHIN (Hakha)

436

9

TAMIL

398

9

CHIN (Hakha)

383

9

CHIN (Hakha)

405

9

TURKISH

424

10

CANTONESE

354

10

CAMBODIAN

343

10

CAMBODIAN

399

10

CAMBODIAN

394

 

 

Despite the State’s large Greek and Italian populations, there has been nominal demand for interpreters in these languages in school settings – with an average 35 Italian families versus 78 Greek families requiring interpreters for the last five years.

 

As expected, demand for language interpreters varies throughout the school year, with March being the busiest month (14.3% of all assignments commissioned in 2018), which coincides with the start of the school year, followed by June (14.1%) and August (11%), coinciding with mid-year reports. January is understandably the quietest period.

 

The dominant school service requiring professional language interpreters remains parent teacher interviews year-on-year since the data was captured in 2014. These accounted for 80 per cent of all LanguageLoop’s Victorian school assignments in 2018. 

 

Elizabeth Compton, CEO, LanguageLoop says, “LanguageLoop has been providing a wide range of language services to many government and commercial organisations for over forty years and we have seen the volume of non-English speakers requiring interpreters and translations consistently rise each year. Interpreting in schools is an area of constant growth and enormous significance. Is it essential that parents, students and teachers are able to communicate freely and fluidly, without hindrance or fear of misinterpretation.”

 

“Last year alone, we completed over 15,500 interpreting assignments for the Department of Education and Training, averaging around 1,300 per month. Our language professionals support many different essential school services including parent teacher interviews, student enrolment, general information dissemination, support for individual students and school transitions,” continues Ms Compton.

 

Regional demand

Schools in the South West of Victoria have the highest demand for language interpreters compared to any other DET region of Victoria*. Over a third (34%) of all DET/LanguageLoop assignments were conducted in schools in South West Victoria in 2018, followed by schools in the South East (25%), North West (22%) and North East (19%).

 

The volume of SW assignments were mainly due to the high demand for Vietnamese and Arabic interpreters. This region also has the highest number of hearing impaired parents and/or students. LanguageLoop provided 281 Australian Sign Language interpreters to the South West in 2018 - 41% of 682 DET commissioned Auslan assignments in 2018.

 

The Top 10 languages vary by DET region*. Mandarin and Arabic are the most in-demand languages for LanguageLoop interpreters amongst schools in the North East of Victoria. Arabic and Turkish are the main requirements by Victorian schools in the North West. Demand is highest for Dari and Vietnamese in the South East, compared to Vietnamese and Arabic in the South West.

 

North East Victoria

North West Victoria

South East Victoria

South West Victoria

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

1

Mandarin

995

1

Arabic

1244

1

Dari

1006

1

Vietnamese

1362

2

Arabic

293

2

Turkish

332

2

Vietnamese

400

2

Arabic

425

3

Persian

276

3

Persian

264

3

Cambodian

371

3

Mandarin

388

4

Auslan

213

4

Vietnamese

256

4

Mandarin

300

4

Karen

354

5

Chin (Hakha)

206

5

Mandarin

221

5

Arabic

187

5

Auslan

281

6

Vietnamese

124

6

Auslan

119

6

Persian

179

6

Chin (Hakha)

228

7

Karen

64

7

Dari

49

7

Auslan

69

7

Persian

185

8

Dari

46

8

Cambodian

21

8

Karen

68

8

Dari

96

9

Cambodian

29

9

Karen

5

9

Turkish

20

9

Turkish

43

10

Turkish

22

10

Chin (Hakha)

3

10

Chin (Hakha)

-

10

Cambodian

11

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by VIC DET in 2018.

 

 

- ENDS -

 

 

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

LanguageLoop analysed multiple specifications of assignments commissioned by the Victorian Department

of Education and Training (DET) for primary, secondary and special education schools over the last five

years, to identify trends in language service demands by DET region, language, timing and volume.

 

  • Dari / Dari Persian or synonymously Farsi is a variation of the Persian language spoken in Afghanistan, Iran, by minorities in Iraq, and the Persian Gulf States.
  • Karen or Karenic languages are spoken in lower Burma and on the borders of Thailand.
  • Chin (Hakha) speakers are largely concentrated in the Chin state of Western Burma, Mizoram in Eastern India and small numbers in Bangladesh.

 

* DET regions can be viewed via the following link: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/structure/Pages/region...

 

 

About LanguageLoop

 

LanguageLoop is Australia’s leading language services business and only full-service language provider.

LanguageLoop’s extensive network of over 3,000 interpreters and translators speak over 180 languages.

With over 40 years experience, LanguageLoop is trusted by Australia’s state and federal governments and leading brands including AGL, Energy Australia, The Westpac Group, IAG and others.

Every year, LanguageLoop helps organisations connect with over 500,000 non-English speakers though its extensive range of services including onsite, telephone and on-demand video interpreting, translations, 24/7 multilingual chat bots and other digital language solutions.

 

 

Media Enquiries

 

Suzanne La Fontaine, PR Manager, LanguageLoop

0438 278 000 / [email protected]

 

LanguageLoop

HEAD OFFICE: Level 16, 607 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
T (03) 9280 1941
languageloop.com.au

 

 

With the continuing multicultural diversity of Australia’s growing population, schools throughout Victoria are increasingly identifying the need for professional language interpreters during parent teacher interviews. According to Australia’s leading language service provider LanguageLoop, demand for interpreters in schools has risen by 38 per cent in the last five years:

 

Date

Number of assignments

Year-on-year increase

2018

15,519

+12%

2017

13,830

+7%

2016

12,953

+10%

2015

11,750

+5%

2014

11,226

 

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by the Victorian

Department of Education and Training (DET).

 

Arabic and Vietnamese jointly top the ranks as the most in-demand languages requiring interpreters by Victorian schools, closely followed by Mandarin.

 

2018

 

Language

Number of assignments

Percentage of all assignments

1

ARABIC

2149

13.8%

2

VIETNAMESE

2142

13.8%

3

MANDARIN

1904

12.3%

4

DARI

1197

7.7%

5

PERSIAN

904

5.8%

6

AUSLAN

682

4.3%

7

KAREN

491

3.1%

8

CHIN (Hakha)

437

2.8%

9

CAMBODIAN

432

2.7%

10

TURKISH

417

2.7%

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by VIC DET in 2018.

 

This has remained fairly consistent in the last five years, with the notable change as Mandarin being overtaken by Arabic in the last four years:

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

1

VIETNAMESE

1622

1

VIETNAMESE

1637

1

VIETNAMESE

1562

1

VIETNAMESE

1857

2

MANDARIN

1168

2

ARABIC

1274

2

ARABIC

1498

2

ARABIC

1786

3

ARABIC

1097

3

MANDARIN

1203

3

MANDARIN

1390

3

MANDARIN

1721

4

PERSIAN

826

4

PERSIAN

834

4

DARI

864

4

DARI

976

5

DARI

584

5

DARI

696

5

PERSIAN

849

5

PERSIAN

798

6

AUSLAN

485

6

AUSLAN

692

6

AUSLAN

796

6

AUSLAN

593

7

BURMESE

450

7

BURMESE

443

7

BURMESE

442

7

KAREN

451

8

KAREN

405

8

KAREN

408

8

KAREN

416

8

CHIN (Hakha)

436

9

TAMIL

398

9

CHIN (Hakha)

383

9

CHIN (Hakha)

405

9

TURKISH

424

10

CANTONESE

354

10

CAMBODIAN

343

10

CAMBODIAN

399

10

CAMBODIAN

394

 

 

Despite the State’s large Greek and Italian populations, there has been nominal demand for interpreters in these languages in school settings – with an average 35 Italian families versus 78 Greek families requiring interpreters for the last five years.

 

As expected, demand for language interpreters varies throughout the school year, with March being the busiest month (14.3% of all assignments commissioned in 2018), which coincides with the start of the school year, followed by June (14.1%) and August (11%), coinciding with mid-year reports. January is understandably the quietest period.

 

The dominant school service requiring professional language interpreters remains parent teacher interviews year-on-year since the data was captured in 2014. These accounted for 80 per cent of all LanguageLoop’s Victorian school assignments in 2018. 

 

Elizabeth Compton, CEO, LanguageLoop says, “LanguageLoop has been providing a wide range of language services to many government and commercial organisations for over forty years and we have seen the volume of non-English speakers requiring interpreters and translations consistently rise each year. Interpreting in schools is an area of constant growth and enormous significance. Is it essential that parents, students and teachers are able to communicate freely and fluidly, without hindrance or fear of misinterpretation.”

 

“Last year alone, we completed over 15,500 interpreting assignments for the Department of Education and Training, averaging around 1,300 per month. Our language professionals support many different essential school services including parent teacher interviews, student enrolment, general information dissemination, support for individual students and school transitions,” continues Ms Compton.

 

Regional demand

Schools in the South West of Victoria have the highest demand for language interpreters compared to any other DET region of Victoria*. Over a third (34%) of all DET/LanguageLoop assignments were conducted in schools in South West Victoria in 2018, followed by schools in the South East (25%), North West (22%) and North East (19%).

 

The volume of SW assignments were mainly due to the high demand for Vietnamese and Arabic interpreters. This region also has the highest number of hearing impaired parents and/or students. LanguageLoop provided 281 Australian Sign Language interpreters to the South West in 2018 - 41% of 682 DET commissioned Auslan assignments in 2018.

 

The Top 10 languages vary by DET region*. Mandarin and Arabic are the most in-demand languages for LanguageLoop interpreters amongst schools in the North East of Victoria. Arabic and Turkish are the main requirements by Victorian schools in the North West. Demand is highest for Dari and Vietnamese in the South East, compared to Vietnamese and Arabic in the South West.

 

North East Victoria

North West Victoria

South East Victoria

South West Victoria

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

1

Mandarin

995

1

Arabic

1244

1

Dari

1006

1

Vietnamese

1362

2

Arabic

293

2

Turkish

332

2

Vietnamese

400

2

Arabic

425

3

Persian

276

3

Persian

264

3

Cambodian

371

3

Mandarin

388

4

Auslan

213

4

Vietnamese

256

4

Mandarin

300

4

Karen

354

5

Chin (Hakha)

206

5

Mandarin

221

5

Arabic

187

5

Auslan

281

6

Vietnamese

124

6

Auslan

119

6

Persian

179

6

Chin (Hakha)

228

7

Karen

64

7

Dari

49

7

Auslan

69

7

Persian

185

8

Dari

46

8

Cambodian

21

8

Karen

68

8

Dari

96

9

Cambodian

29

9

Karen

5

9

Turkish

20

9

Turkish

43

10

Turkish

22

10

Chin (Hakha)

3

10

Chin (Hakha)

-

10

Cambodian

11

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by VIC DET in 2018.

 

 

- ENDS -

 

 

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

LanguageLoop analysed multiple specifications of assignments commissioned by the Victorian Department

of Education and Training (DET) for primary, secondary and special education schools over the last five

years, to identify trends in language service demands by DET region, language, timing and volume.

 

  • Dari / Dari Persian or synonymously Farsi is a variation of the Persian language spoken in Afghanistan, Iran, by minorities in Iraq, and the Persian Gulf States.
  • Karen or Karenic languages are spoken in lower Burma and on the borders of Thailand.
  • Chin (Hakha) speakers are largely concentrated in the Chin state of Western Burma, Mizoram in Eastern India and small numbers in Bangladesh.

 

* DET regions can be viewed via the following link: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/structure/Pages/region...

 

 

About LanguageLoop

 

LanguageLoop is Australia’s leading language services business and only full-service language provider.

LanguageLoop’s extensive network of over 3,000 interpreters and translators speak over 180 languages.

With over 40 years experience, LanguageLoop is trusted by Australia’s state and federal governments and leading brands including AGL, Energy Australia, The Westpac Group, IAG and others.

Every year, LanguageLoop helps organisations connect with over 500,000 non-English speakers though its extensive range of services including onsite, telephone and on-demand video interpreting, translations, 24/7 multilingual chat bots and other digital language solutions.

 

 

Media Enquiries

 

Suzanne La Fontaine, PR Manager, LanguageLoop

0438 278 000 / [email protected]

 

LanguageLoop

HEAD OFFICE: Level 16, 607 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
T (03) 9280 1941
languageloop.com.au

 

 

With the continuing multicultural diversity of Australia’s growing population, schools throughout Victoria are increasingly identifying the need for professional language interpreters during parent teacher interviews. According to Australia’s leading language service provider LanguageLoop, demand for interpreters in schools has risen by 38 per cent in the last five years:

 

Date

Number of assignments

Year-on-year increase

2018

15,519

+12%

2017

13,830

+7%

2016

12,953

+10%

2015

11,750

+5%

2014

11,226

 

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by the Victorian

Department of Education and Training (DET).

 

Arabic and Vietnamese jointly top the ranks as the most in-demand languages requiring interpreters by Victorian schools, closely followed by Mandarin.

 

2018

 

Language

Number of assignments

Percentage of all assignments

1

ARABIC

2149

13.8%

2

VIETNAMESE

2142

13.8%

3

MANDARIN

1904

12.3%

4

DARI

1197

7.7%

5

PERSIAN

904

5.8%

6

AUSLAN

682

4.3%

7

KAREN

491

3.1%

8

CHIN (Hakha)

437

2.8%

9

CAMBODIAN

432

2.7%

10

TURKISH

417

2.7%

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by VIC DET in 2018.

 

This has remained fairly consistent in the last five years, with the notable change as Mandarin being overtaken by Arabic in the last four years:

 

2014

2015

2016

2017

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

1

VIETNAMESE

1622

1

VIETNAMESE

1637

1

VIETNAMESE

1562

1

VIETNAMESE

1857

2

MANDARIN

1168

2

ARABIC

1274

2

ARABIC

1498

2

ARABIC

1786

3

ARABIC

1097

3

MANDARIN

1203

3

MANDARIN

1390

3

MANDARIN

1721

4

PERSIAN

826

4

PERSIAN

834

4

DARI

864

4

DARI

976

5

DARI

584

5

DARI

696

5

PERSIAN

849

5

PERSIAN

798

6

AUSLAN

485

6

AUSLAN

692

6

AUSLAN

796

6

AUSLAN

593

7

BURMESE

450

7

BURMESE

443

7

BURMESE

442

7

KAREN

451

8

KAREN

405

8

KAREN

408

8

KAREN

416

8

CHIN (Hakha)

436

9

TAMIL

398

9

CHIN (Hakha)

383

9

CHIN (Hakha)

405

9

TURKISH

424

10

CANTONESE

354

10

CAMBODIAN

343

10

CAMBODIAN

399

10

CAMBODIAN

394

 

 

Despite the State’s large Greek and Italian populations, there has been nominal demand for interpreters in these languages in school settings – with an average 35 Italian families versus 78 Greek families requiring interpreters for the last five years.

 

As expected, demand for language interpreters varies throughout the school year, with March being the busiest month (14.3% of all assignments commissioned in 2018), which coincides with the start of the school year, followed by June (14.1%) and August (11%), coinciding with mid-year reports. January is understandably the quietest period.

 

The dominant school service requiring professional language interpreters remains parent teacher interviews year-on-year since the data was captured in 2014. These accounted for 80 per cent of all LanguageLoop’s Victorian school assignments in 2018. 

 

Elizabeth Compton, CEO, LanguageLoop says, “LanguageLoop has been providing a wide range of language services to many government and commercial organisations for over forty years and we have seen the volume of non-English speakers requiring interpreters and translations consistently rise each year. Interpreting in schools is an area of constant growth and enormous significance. Is it essential that parents, students and teachers are able to communicate freely and fluidly, without hindrance or fear of misinterpretation.”

 

“Last year alone, we completed over 15,500 interpreting assignments for the Department of Education and Training, averaging around 1,300 per month. Our language professionals support many different essential school services including parent teacher interviews, student enrolment, general information dissemination, support for individual students and school transitions,” continues Ms Compton.

 

Regional demand

Schools in the South West of Victoria have the highest demand for language interpreters compared to any other DET region of Victoria*. Over a third (34%) of all DET/LanguageLoop assignments were conducted in schools in South West Victoria in 2018, followed by schools in the South East (25%), North West (22%) and North East (19%).

 

The volume of SW assignments were mainly due to the high demand for Vietnamese and Arabic interpreters. This region also has the highest number of hearing impaired parents and/or students. LanguageLoop provided 281 Australian Sign Language interpreters to the South West in 2018 - 41% of 682 DET commissioned Auslan assignments in 2018.

 

The Top 10 languages vary by DET region*. Mandarin and Arabic are the most in-demand languages for LanguageLoop interpreters amongst schools in the North East of Victoria. Arabic and Turkish are the main requirements by Victorian schools in the North West. Demand is highest for Dari and Vietnamese in the South East, compared to Vietnamese and Arabic in the South West.

 

North East Victoria

North West Victoria

South East Victoria

South West Victoria

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

 

Language

Number of projects

1

Mandarin

995

1

Arabic

1244

1

Dari

1006

1

Vietnamese

1362

2

Arabic

293

2

Turkish

332

2

Vietnamese

400

2

Arabic

425

3

Persian

276

3

Persian

264

3

Cambodian

371

3

Mandarin

388

4

Auslan

213

4

Vietnamese

256

4

Mandarin

300

4

Karen

354

5

Chin (Hakha)

206

5

Mandarin

221

5

Arabic

187

5

Auslan

281

6

Vietnamese

124

6

Auslan

119

6

Persian

179

6

Chin (Hakha)

228

7

Karen

64

7

Dari

49

7

Auslan

69

7

Persian

185

8

Dari

46

8

Cambodian

21

8

Karen

68

8

Dari

96

9

Cambodian

29

9

Karen

5

9

Turkish

20

9

Turkish

43

10

Turkish

22

10

Chin (Hakha)

3

10

Chin (Hakha)

-

10

Cambodian

11

Based on number of assignments commissioned to LanguageLoop by VIC DET in 2018.

 

 

- ENDS -

 

 

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

LanguageLoop analysed multiple specifications of assignments commissioned by the Victorian Department

of Education and Training (DET) for primary, secondary and special education schools over the last five

years, to identify trends in language service demands by DET region, language, timing and volume.

 

  • Dari / Dari Persian or synonymously Farsi is a variation of the Persian language spoken in Afghanistan, Iran, by minorities in Iraq, and the Persian Gulf States.
  • Karen or Karenic languages are spoken in lower Burma and on the borders of Thailand.
  • Chin (Hakha) speakers are largely concentrated in the Chin state of Western Burma, Mizoram in Eastern India and small numbers in Bangladesh.

 

* DET regions can be viewed via the following link: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/structure/Pages/region...

 

 

About LanguageLoop

 

LanguageLoop is Australia’s leading language services business and only full-service language provider.

LanguageLoop’s extensive network of over 3,000 interpreters and translators speak over 180 languages.

With over 40 years experience, LanguageLoop is trusted by Australia’s state and federal governments and leading brands including AGL, Energy Australia, The Westpac Group, IAG and others.

Every year, LanguageLoop helps organisations connect with over 500,000 non-English speakers though its extensive range of services including onsite, telephone and on-demand video interpreting, translations, 24/7 multilingual chat bots and other digital language solutions.

 

 

Media Enquiries

 

Suzanne La Fontaine, PR Manager, LanguageLoop

0438 278 000 / [email protected]

 

LanguageLoop

HEAD OFFICE: Level 16, 607 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
T (03) 9280 1941
languageloop.com.au

 

 

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