The Turnbull Government will expand its successful Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program into more preschools and schools in Groom.
Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh encouraged Darling Downs preschools and schools to get on-board and give their students the opportunity to learn a second language.
“The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program has already been very successful in getting local students engaged and interested in learning a language ” Dr McVeigh said.
“There are already 14 preschools in Groom engaging 448 young children through a series of interactive applications to introduce them to the basics of learning a second language like Mandarin French and Spanish ” he said.
“French is very popular among the local schools. We have five languages being taught on the Darling Downs at present including Indonesian Japanese Mandarin French and Spanish.
“I encourage Darling Downs 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 Groom students to develop language skills early in life and then carry that through their later school years and beyond.”
Minister Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s commitment of an additional $11.8 million would 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 2500 preschools across Australia being introduced to a second language through the use of our digital apps “Minister Birmingham said.
“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 preschools and schools in Groom 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/