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1200.0.55.005 - Language Standards, 2012, Version 1.1  
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Main Language Other than English Spoken at Home - Collection Methods





Standard question modules

There are two standard question modules for Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home:

    • The question module for Detailed Data elicits the most detailed responses and data on Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home.

There are two alternatives for the question module for Detailed Data which may be used, depending on space and cost considerations:
    • Alternative one: a set of 'most likely' languages with tick boxes and a 'Yes, Other - please specify' response category for writing a language not specified in the tick box list;
    • Alternative two: a tick box for 'No, English Only' and a 'Yes, Other - please specify' write-in category.

Alternative two is more compact but will incur additional coding costs.
    • The question module for Minimum Data contains only the tick box options 'No, English only' and 'Yes, Other' and therefore does not collect details as to which language other than English is spoken.

Question module for Detailed Data

Alternative one

This standard question module for Detailed Data for Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home is recommended for all collections designed to collect extensive data on main language other than English spoken at home.

The standard question module for obtaining Detailed Data for the variable Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home is as follows:

Q1. [[Do you] [Does the person] [Does (name)] [Will (name of child under two years)] speak a language other than English at home? (If more than one language, indicate the one that is spoken most often.)

No,
Englishq
Yes,
Mandarinq
Yes,
Italian q
Yes,
Arabicq
Yes,
Cantonese q
Yes,
Greek q
Yes,
Vietnameseq
Yes,
Spanishq
Yes,
Hindiq
Yes,
Tagalogq
Yes,
Other - Please Specify.............

For self enumerated questionnaires, respondents should be instructed to mark one box only.

The tick box list for this question module includes languages based on their statistical significance in the Australian context. The list is designed for efficiency when coding responses. The list is reviewed when data indicate that different languages have been more or less frequently reported in the ABS Census.

The tick box list can be extended where circumstances enable longer lists, consistent with the ASCL, to be displayed, such as in electronic collection drop down lists. Similarly, if there are space constraints on paper forms, the tick box list can be truncated.

The 'Yes, Other' category is included for those people who mainly speak a language in the home that is not offered in the list as a response to the question. 'Please specify' is added to the 'Other' category and a space is provided for respondents to write in their language.

Alternative two

This alternative question may be used when detailed language data is required from a survey instrument which has space constraints. The question uses only the tick box for 'No, English only' and the 'Yes, Other - please specify' option for respondents to write in their language. Additional coding costs will be incurred since each response will need to be matched to an entry in the Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL), 2011 (ABS cat. no. 1267.0).

Q1. [Do you] [Does the person] [Does (name)] [Will (name of child under two years)] speak a language other than English at home?


No,
English onlyq
Yes,
Other - please specify..............

Question module for Minimum Data

The standard question module for Minimum Data for the variable Main Language Other than English Spoken at Home is as follows:

Q1. [Do you] [Does the person] [Does (name)] [Will (name of child under two years)] speak a language other than English at home?


No,
English onlyq
Yes,
Other q

This Minimum Data question is suitable for collections where there is no requirement for detailed language data. It can be used to identify whether assistance in accessing services and information, due to inadequate English language skills, is required.

Each alternative to the question module may be accompanied by a brief explanatory note about why language data is collected and detailed instructions about how to answer the question. The explanatory note can be included with the chosen question module or in supplementary documentation. The recommended text for the explanatory note is in Appendix A.

Standard input categories


The standard input categories for Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home are the same as the categories of the ASCL plus the supplementary codes.

Input categories for Minimum Data

The standard input categories for the question module for Minimum Data are:

      • English only
      • Other language.



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