App to revive language learning in York

Preschool children in York will have an exciting opportunity to learn another language this year using play-based mobile tablet apps.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, is pleased to announce that the York Child Care Centre has been successful in obtaining a place in the Coalition Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) programme.

“The ELLA programme is a great opportunity for our preschoolers to make an early start on becoming familiar with another language,” Mr Porter said.

“This means that our local children will have the opportunity to experience Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French or Arabic languages through apps that have been designed so that children learn through play.

“Following the successful trial among 41 preschools last year the Coalition Government is significantly expanding the programme this year meaning more than 300 services will be taking part, including the York Child Care Centre.

“I commend Brenda Treloar at the York Child Care Centre for committing to the programme and providing the children with this opportunity.”

The Coalition Government has invested $9.8 million in the languages app to help to revive language study in Australia’s early education centres, schools and universities.

The evaluation of the ELLA programme in 41 preschools last year has shown how successful the 2015 pilot was and the positive feedback is why the Coalition Government has expanded the trial to more preschools and children care centres this year.

Following the success of the ELLA programme and Polyglots apps, the Coalition Government has committed $6 million through the National Science and Innovation Agenda to the development of a similar app focused on inspiring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For more information about the ELLA programme visit: www.education.gov.au/early-learning-languages-australia