THE HON KEN WYATT AM MP
Federal Member for Hasluck
Minister for Indigenous Australians
8 October 2019
LANGUAGE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN IN HASLUCK
Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt is encouraging local preschools in the electorate to take part in the Morrison Government’s play-based program that inspires children by driving a genuine interest in new language and culture.
The $27.5 million Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program has already helped educate 110,000 children about foreign languages, across more than 3,500 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.
Ken Wyatt 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 Wyatt said.
“Our Government is helping prepare students in Hasluck 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 Hasluck to apply to run the ELLA program to introduce our children to the joy and challenge of learning a second language.
“All languages are essential to well-being and culture and to our identity being perpetuated for centuries.”
The Morrison 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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