Menu

Education Today Logo


newsletter

Education Today Cover Browse Issue

Australian preschoolers to learn new languages with ELLA in 2018

News Image

About 60,000 preschool children in the year before school will use tablet devices to access ELLA to learn one of nine languages next year using a series of seven interactive apps per language. Each app focuses around a familiar experience; for example, a playground, the beach, a birthday party or park.

The beauty is that a language teacher doesn’t need to be available at their preschool for the kids to learn. Up to 3000 Australian preschools and kindergartens are expected to be delivering the ELLA program in 2018 covering Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish.

Susan Edwards, Professor of Early Childhood at Australian Catholic University said, “What is very exciting about the learning – from the integration of technology and play-based learning – is a form of language learning that speaks to what the experts about language are telling us is one of the best ways for very young children to learn language – that it’s authentic, that they’re using the target language, and that it’s happening for a reason.”

The ELLA program is funded by the Australian Government and managed by Education Services Australia.

Andrew Smith, CEO of Education Services Australia, says: “Skills in language, communication and collaboration, genuine cultural understanding – these are things now widely acknowledged as being of vital importance at the local and international level. The evidence tells us that ELLA’s impact on these skills is positive.”

Independent reviews have confirmed the program’s popularity and effectiveness. Reports published this year of research undertaken by Swinburne University of Technology Babylab and Deloitte Access Economics indicate that ELLA is effective in introducing new languages to preschool children, in raising their awareness of other cultures, and in engaging their interest in learning different languages.

For more information on the ELLA program visit www.ella.edu.au.


12 Dec 2018
Year 12 exam results aren't everything News Image

Year 12 is both a start and an ending and this period of change can be stressful. But there is help available if kids seem to be struggling with their mental health.
Read More

12 Dec 2018 | National
Bypass ATAR News Image

There are a few anxious school leavers right now, maybe they didn't get the ATAR they needed for the course they wanted or maybe they didn’t pass at all, but fear not there is more than one way to skin a cat. Read More

11 Dec 2018 | NSW
Rural school’s learning platform make for easy access learning News Image

Located on the Victoria-New South Wales (NSW) border, Wodonga Middle Years College (WMYC) has leveraged technology so every student can access education from anywhere at any time. Read More

11 Dec 2018 | National
Queenslanders best Young ICT Explorers News Image

The 2018 national winners of the Young ICT Explorers competition have been announced with teams from Queensland and Australian Capital Territory taking home the top prizes. Read More

10 Dec 2018 | International
Finland to use Aus education toolkit News Image

We’re often told to look to Finland for direction on education but the tables have been turned with the Nordic nation adopting National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative’s (NESLI) Staff Wellbeing Toolkit. Read More