Pearce pre-schoolers given chance to learn another language

Every pre-schooler in Pearce will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language as the Liberal Government announced that applications for the popular Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program were now open.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter called on local pre-schools to apply for the national rollout of the play-based tablet 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,” Mr Porter said.

“The application round for pre-schools to participate in the program next year are now open.”

Mr Porter said the 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, pre-school children will be able to learn Spanish and Italian from next year, and Modern Greek and Hindi from 2018.

“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.

“York Child Care Centre is already involved in the ELLA program and benefits from the Polyglots app and it would be great to see more pre-schools put their hand up to get involved and give Pearce children the opportunity to develop new language skills.”

The apps are important to the Liberal Government’s efforts to encourage young Australians—regardless of where they live—to learn a second language.

The Liberal 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 pre-schools in disadvantaged areas to purchase devices so they can access The Polyglots.

Applications for the ELLA program close on 26 February 2017.  For information and to apply for 2017, visit: www.ella.edu.au.