Funding for Gold Coast kids to learn Arabic, Chinese, French and more

Gold Coast pre-schoolers will have the chance to learn basic Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian or a range of other languages thanks to funding from the Federal Government.

The Commonwealth is offering Gold Coast preschools a grant of $500 to purchase tablet devices and other accessories so that local students can use the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.

Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said several recent independent reports had shown the ELLA program was helping kids to not only learn to speak a new language, but also to become more aware of other cultures.


“We had an incredible response in the first year of the nationwide roll-out of the program, with over 1800 preschool services and more than 60,000 children across Australia participating in learning different languages,” Minister Birmingham said.

“By providing the opportunity for preschoolers to undertake language learning, they’re not only getting exposure to a second language, but they’re also improving their developmental and cognitive capabilities as well.”

For more information on the ELLA program, and to submit an application, visit

Applications for the grant close on 15 December 2017.

Cam is the producer/presenter of myGC’s ‘Good Morning Gold Coast’ and ‘G’Day Tweed’ programs, and is a news-multimedia content producer for the 102.9 Hot Tomato Company. Before arriving on the Gold Coast in 2016, he worked across Australia’s broadcasting industry in various roles as producer, presenter, editor and journalist – receiving an Australian Commercial Radio Award in 2010 for the category of Best News Presenter. He’s also worked as a Media Adviser to federal politicians, government departments and agencies, specialist and general medical centres and community groups.

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