Monday, 14 November 2016 15:01
Every pre-schooler in ACT will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language as the Turnbull Government announced that applications for the popular Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program were now open.
Member for Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, called on local preschools to apply for the national rollout of the play-based tabled app for devices like iPads.
“The Polyglots apps are an innovative program that has already seen around 10,000 children across the country learning new languages and better understanding other cultures,” Senator Seselja said.
“The application round for preschools to participate in the program next year are now open.”
Senator Seselja said trials of the program had been popular with children, parents and educators and it was exciting to see it not only expanded to being made nationally available but to also include an additional four languages.
“In addition to Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian and Arabic, preschool children will be able to learn Spanish and Italian from next year, and Modern Greek and Hindi from 2018,” Senator Seselja said.
“Seeing and hearing young children counting, following recipes and singing in a language that isn’t their native tongue, you understand how engaging this app is and why it has had such positive feedback from kids, educators and families.
“Local preschools, Deakin School for Early Learning, Yerrabi Ponds Canberra Early Learning and Franklin Early Childhood School are already involved in the ELLA program and benefit from the Polyglots app. It would be great to see more preschools put their hands up to get involved and give ACT children the opportunity to develop new language skills.”
The Turnbull Government has committed further funding of $5.9 million to make ELLA available nationally in 2017. This includes up to 1000 grants of $500 for preschools in disadvantaged areas to purchase devices so they can access The Polyglots.
For more information and to apply for 2017, visit: www.ella.edu.au.