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I have been researching this and am surprised that Chinese is not a leaving certificate subject. Does anyone know if anything is being proposed or planned?
From my research I have found that these are the current Languages for the Leaving Cert in their respective headings:
Non-curricular EU languages (available for students who meet certain criteria)
Arts and Humanities
I must admit that I find it difficult to understand why our country's future talent have the option to study languages such as Latin, Arabic and Hebrew but not Chinese
Not that anyone needs reminding but here are a few compelling reasons why it might be added to the Leaving Cert:
-World's most spoken language by any measurement. Mandarin has 845 million first language speakers mainly in China, Taiwan and Singapore.
-This compares to the 2nd most spoken language being English with 328 million first language speakers.
-China is the third largest economy in the world after the US and Japan.
-China has had the fastest-growing major economy for the past 30 years with an average annual GDP growth rate above 10%.
-China is the most populous in the world with over 1.3 billion people, approximately one-fifth of the world's population.
-China's foreign exchange reserves have reached US$2.1 trillion, making it by far the world's largest.
-China is now the world's third biggest consumer of luxury goods with 12% of the global share.
-China currently has the most cell phone users in the world with over 700 million users in July 2009. It also has the largest number of internet and broadband users in the world.
Sources: Various Wikipedia pages