1200.0.55.005 - Language Standards, 2016  
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This document was added 06/15/2018.



COLLECTION OF VARIABLE DATA

SCOPE

Statistical units

Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home is an attribute of the statistical unit 'person'. The variable Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home applies to all persons.


QUESTION MODULES

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

  • detailed modules (alternative one and alternative two), and
  • minimum module.

The choice of module may be informed by the following factors:
  • statistical needs
  • cost of processing the data
  • space available in the collection instrument, and
  • respondent burden.

Each alternative to the question modules may be accompanied by a brief explanatory note about why Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home is collected, including 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.

Detailed question modules

The detailed question modules for Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home are recommended where extensive data on main language other than English spoken at home is needed.

There are two alternatives within the detailed question module which may be used, depending on space and cost considerations.

Detailed question module - Alternative one


Q. [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 language that is spoken most often.)


No,Englishq
Yes,Mandarinq
Yes,Arabicq
Yes,Cantoneseq
Yes,Vietnameseq
Yes,Italianq
Yes,Greekq
Yes,Hindiq
Yes,Spanishq
Yes,Punjabiq
Yes,Other – please specify......................


For self-enumerated questionnaires, respondents should be instructed to select one option only.

The option list for this question module includes languages according to their statistical frequency in Australia, based on data from the Census of Population and Housing.

The option list can be extended to enable longer lists to be displayed such as in electronic collection drop down lists. If there are space constraints on paper forms, the option list can be reduced.

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 with a field/space provided for respondents to enter/write their language.

Detailed question module - Alternative two


This detailed question uses only the options of 'No, English only' and 'Yes, Other – please specify' for respondents to enter/write their language. In comparison to Alternative one, this module will use less space in the collection instrument and may increase respondent burden and coding costs.

Q. [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.......................

Minimum question module
The minimum question module 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.

Q. [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,Otherq