Language diversity strengthens young Aussie learners

Media Release
  • Minister for Education

More young Australians will get the opportunity to learn a foreign language.

The Morrison Government is providing an additional $11.8 million to expand the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program – a play-based digital application to help children learn a second language.

More than 80,000 kids at almost 2,500 preschools are already benefitting from the program. From 2019 ELLA will be trialled for primary schools in foundation to year two (F-2) classes and will continue to expand in preschools. The Government has provided $27.5 million to the ELLA program since 2014.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today invited schools to take part in the popular and successful digital program.

“Speaking more than one language is an increasingly valuable skill in a globalised world,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Morrison Government is bringing Australians together through shared language and celebrating our diversity by encouraging kids to learn a second language.

“Children who are comfortable with learning a language and have done so are more likely to continue learning it throughout school.

“Kids using ELLA apps demonstrate deeper, more consistent and engaged learning than those using other apps. There were also identified benefits for children with language delays, hearing impairments and from linguistically diverse backgrounds.”

ELLA teaches a range of languages which complement the Australian Curriculum including Arabic, Mandarin (Chinese), French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish, and work is underway to offer German, Korean, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Free training is offered to participating educators and teachers to support program implementation. More information on the trial, including expressions of interest, is at education.gov.au/early-learning-languages-australia 

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