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1200.0.55.005 - Language Standards, 2012, Version 1.1  
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Contents >> First Language Spoken >> Appendix A - Explanatory Script - FLS

Appendix A - Explanatory Script - First Language Spoken




Why are these question modules asked?


The variable First Language Spoken is one of the standard set of indicators used in measuring cultural and linguistic diversity. Language data related to First Language Spoken can be used as an indicator of disadvantage, which may be experienced by people whose first language is not English.

Question module for Detailed Data

Alternative One
Q.1. Which language [did you] [did the person] [did (name)] [will (name of child under two years)] first speak as a child?
English
Mandarin
Italian
Arabic
Cantonese
Greek
Vietnamese
Spanish
Hindi
Tagalog
Other - please specify .............................

Interview based questionnaires
An interviewer marks the tick box for a language the respondent identified as first spoken. If the first language spoken is not a tick box option, the interviewer writes it in the 'Other - please specify' category. If a respondent identifies that they first spoke English and another language, the interviewer can prompt for the predominant first language spoken.

Self enumerated questionnaires

The respondent marks one box for their first language spoken in the tick box list. If a respondent's first language spoken is not a tick box option, they write one language in the 'Other - please specify' category.

For people who cannot speak, 'not able to speak' can be written in the 'Other - please specify' category.
Alternative Two
Q.1. Which language [did you] [did the person] [did (name) ] [will (name of child under two years)] first speak as a child?

English
Other - please specify ..................................

Interview based questionnaires

An interviewer marks the 'English' box for respondents who identify English as their first language spoken. If a respondent identifies another language as their first language spoken, the interviewer writes the language in the 'Other - please specify' category.
Self enumerated questionnaires
The respondent marks the 'English' box if it is their first language spoken. If English is not identified as their first language spoken, the respondent writes one language only in the 'Other - please specify' category.

For people who cannot speak, 'not able to speak' can be written in the 'Other - please specify' category.

Question module for Minimum Data


Q.1. Which language [did you] [did the person] [did (name)] [will (name of child under two years)] first speak as a child?
English
Other

Interview based questionnaires
An interviewer marks the 'English' box for respondents who identify English as their first language spoken. If a respondent identifies another language, the interviewer puts a mark in the 'Other' box.
Self enumerated questionnaires
The respondent marks the 'English' box if they identify it as their first language spoken. For respondents whose self identified first language spoken is not English, they put a mark in the 'Other' box.

For people who cannot speak, mark the 'Other' box.




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