Australian Bureau of Statistics
2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 2011
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/05/2011
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Proficiency in Spoken English (ENGP)
For each person who speaks a language other than English at home, this variable classifies their self-assessed proficiency in spoken English.
Responses to the question on proficiency in English are subjective. For example, one respondent may consider that a response of 'Well' is appropriate if they can communicate well enough to do the shopping while another respondent may consider such a response appropriate only for people who can hold a social conversation. Proficiency in spoken English should be regarded as an indicator of a person's ability to speak English rather than a definitive measure of his/her ability and should be interpreted with care.
Nevertheless, it is a useful indicator of the ethnicity of the population and for the planning and provision of multilingual services.
See also Language Spoken at Home (LANP).
This page last updated 20 May 2011
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