1200.0.55.005 - Language Standards, 2016  
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APPENDIX A

EXPLANATORY SCRIPT

Why is the question asked?

Questions on First Language Spoken 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 First Language Spoken data from the detailed and minimum question modules.


DETAILED QUESTION MODULE - ALTERNATIVE ONE

Interview-based questionnaires

An interviewer selects the option for the language the respondent identifies as the first language spoken. If the first language spoken is not a list option, the interviewer enters/writes the language identified 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 selects one option for their first language spoken from the option list. If a respondent's first language spoken is not a list option, they enter/write one language in the 'Other - please specify' category.


DETAILED QUESTION MODULE - ALTERNATIVE TWO

Interview-based questionnaires

An interviewer selects the 'English' option for respondents who identify English as their first language spoken. If a respondent identifies another language as their first language spoken, the interviewer enters/writes the language in the 'Other - please specify' category.

Self-enumerated questionnaires

The respondent selects the 'English' option if it is their first language spoken. If English is not identified as their first language spoken, the respondent enters/writes one language only in the 'Other - please specify' category.


MINIMUM QUESTION MODULE

Interview-based questionnaires

An interviewer selects the 'English' option for respondents who identify English as their first language spoken. If a respondent identifies another language, the interviewer selects the 'Other' option.

Self-enumerated questionnaires

The respondent selects the 'English' option if it is their first language spoken. For respondents whose self-identified first language spoken is not English, they select the 'Other' option.