Students in the K - 2 classroom enjoying classtime.
Students in the K - 2 classroom enjoying classtime. Contributed

Children in Flynn say 'konnichiwa' to new language program

LOCAL preschools can now apply for a new play-based program created by the Federal Government that teaches young Australians a foreign language.

The $27.5 million Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program has already helped educate 110,000 children about foreign languages across more than 3500 preschools.

ELLA is a digital, play-based program that introduces young Australians to languages other than English.

It can help teach 13 languages: Arabic, Mandarin, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said learning a second language would give students an educational advantage and broaden their horizons.

"ELLA supports children to explore other languages and cultures, inspiring them to continue learning in years to come,” Mr O'Dowd said.

"Our government is helping prepare students in Flynn for the future economy where having a second language will be an enormous benefit.

"Preschool educators don't need any language training experience to run the ELLA program because extensive support material, offline games, learning resources, and a responsive helpdesk are all provided.

"I encourage preschool operators in Flynn to apply to run the ELLA program to introduce our children to the joy and challenge of learning a second language.”

The Federal Government has already provided $11.8 million to expand ELLA into 300 schools for grades Foundation to Year 2.

Visit www.ella.edu.au for more information, including eligibility criteria, device requirements and how to apply.


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