Foreign language boost for SA schools

More scholarships for overseas study tours, holiday classes and better training for teachers are planned to get more South Australian children to study a foreign language.

Since 2002 the proportion of year 12 public school students studying a language has halved, meaning children risk missing out on gaining jobs in an ever-increasing globalised workforce, state Education Minister John Gardner says.

"There's an increasing focus in many countries on growing their bilingual workforce and we want our children and young people to take full advantage of that," Mr Gardner said on Friday.

The minister said offering more scholarships for study tours will allow more secondary students to immerse themselves in foreign cultures.

"We have long advocated for a stronger focus on children and young people learning a second language, and it is now more important than ever to reinvigorate the study of languages in our schools," he said.

Four additional public schools will also offer the International Baccalaureate program which requires students to study a foreign language.