12th September 2018
Preschool children in Largs will again have an exciting opportunity to learn another language this year using play-based mobile tablet apps.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie visited Kindy Patch Largs to see the new app in action with the attending the Centre learning Italian.
“I’m delighted Kindy Patch Largs been successful in obtaining a place in the Coalition Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia programme which has been expanded,” Dr Gillespie said.
“The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program has already been very successful in getting local students engaged and interested in learning a language.”
“There are already 13 preschools in our electorate engaging hundreds of young children through a series of interactive applications to introduce them to the basics of learning a second language like Mandarin, French and Spanish.
“I encourage local parents to talk to their preschools and schools about getting involved in the expansion of the ELLA program.
“Learning a second language opens up a whole new world of opportunities in this increasingly global economy and we need more of our local students to develop language skills early in life and then carry that through their later school years and beyond.”
The Federal Coalition Government’s commitment of an additional $11.8 million will see the number of preschools participating double to 5000 and extend the program into 300 primary schools reaching 30,000 school-age students across Australia.
“We’ve already seen some great results from the ELLA program, with more than 80,000 children in about 2,500 preschools across Australia being introduced to a second language through the use of our digital apps.”
“ELLA is about getting kids engaged and interested in learning a language from an early age, expanding their horizons and hopefully getting them to follow through this study as they progress throughout their education.
“Exposure to another language and culture can also have significant developmental benefits on children – for example it has been linked to better English and problem solving skills.
“We’re also expanding the language options to include Korean, Vietnamese, Turkish and German.
“These new languages mean local preschools and schools can pick from 13 of the world’s most common languages to give children a taste of the world and set them up with skills that will set them up for the future.”
Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) uses fun and play-based digital applications to engage children in language learning and is currently available in Hindi, Modern Greek, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish.
For more information on ELLA visit: https://www.ella.edu.au
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie meeting with staff and children at Kindy Patch Largs