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.
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“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 www.ella.edu.au.
Applications for the grant close on 15 December 2017.