Franklin Early Learning School pre-schoolers get a start with new languages

Pre-schoolers at Franklin Early Learning School are now participating in the Australian Government’s $9.8 million Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, and Senator Zed Seselja visited Franklin Early Learning School, one of 41 preschools across Australia taking part in the trial to explore new ways to help children learn languages other than English.

The ELLA trial will comprise seven apps to teach pre-schoolers basic Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, French or Arabic language skills.

Senator Ryan said the ELLA trial is designed to give pre-schoolers the opportunity to recognise different sounds and language concepts.

“Children are growing up in an increasingly competitive and globalised world. The Australian Government is committed to increasing the number of students studying a language,” Senator Ryan said.

Senator Seselja said he is delighted local children were selected to take part in the trial and participating in the Chinese (Mandarin) language component.

“It’s great to see our election commitment fulfilled and that Franklin children are benefitting from this language trial,” Senator Seselja said.

“I thank the staff at Franklin Early Learning School for their help with this ground-breaking trial,” Senator Seselja said.

Seven language-specific apps, in five different languages, will be progressively rolled out to preschools participating in the trial throughout 2015. These apps will give children the opportunity to develop recognition of the different sounds and concepts of a language other than English.

For more information about the ELLA trial, visit