1200.0.55.005 - Language Standards, 2016  
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APPENDIX A

EXPLANATORY SCRIPT

Why is the question asked?

Questions on Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home are asked because data obtained can be used as an indicator of English proficiency. When implemented in administrative and service settings, data related to this variable may be used to assess, measure and monitor service needs.

This explanatory script outlines personal interview and self-enumeration procedures for recording Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home data from the detailed and minimum question modules.


DETAILED QUESTION MODULE - ALTERNATIVE ONE

Interview-based questionnaires

If a respondent identifies that they speak only English at home, the interviewer selects the 'No, English only' option. When a respondent identifies that they speak another language other than English at home, the interviewer selects the option for that language. For a respondent who identifies a language not in the option list, the interviewer enters/writes the language name in the 'Yes, Other - please specify' category.

Self-enumerated questionnaires

A respondent selects the 'No, English only' option if only English is spoken at home. When a respondent identifies that they speak another language other than English at home, they select the option for that language. With a language not in the option list, the respondent enters/writes the language name in the 'Yes, Other - please specify' category.


DETAILED QUESTION MODULE - ALTERNATIVE TWO

Interview-based questionnaires

If the respondent speaks only English at home, the interviewer selects the 'No, English only' option. For a respondent who identifies a language other than English, the interviewer enters/writes the language name in the 'Yes, Other - please specify' category.

Self-enumerated questionnaires

If only English is spoken at home, a respondent selects the 'No, English only' option. If a respondent speaks another language other than English at home, they enter/write the language in the 'Yes, Other - please specify category'.


MINIMUM QUESTION MODULE

Interview-based questionnaires

If the respondent speaks only English at home, the interviewer selects the 'English only' option. For all other responses in which a respondent speaks another language other than English, the interviewer selects the option for 'Yes, Other'.

Self-enumerated questionnaires

The respondent selects the 'English only' option, if only English is spoken at home. Where a respondent speaks another language other than English the respondent selects the option for 'Yes, Other'.