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Main Language Other than English Spoken at Home - Collection Methods
There are two standard question modules for 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 two is more compact but will incur additional coding costs.
Question module for Detailed Data
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.
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).
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:
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
Input categories for Minimum Data
The standard input categories for the question module for Minimum Data are: