Over 800 Gold Coast preschoolers will be given the opportunity to learn a second language this year.
Thanks to the Turnbull Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program, nine languages will be available to 24 preschools on the southern Gold Coast and almost 2500 preschools across the country.
The $15.7 million program began as a small trial of 41 preschools in 2015, and has grown to include Hindi, Modern Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian and Spanish.
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It’s a digital, play-based program where preschool children use a series of interactive apps.
The government has also provided 1,000 support grants of $500 to contribute towards tablets, in the hopes of encouraging participation in disadvantaged areas.
Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said it was fantastic to see to see so many southern Gold Coast preschools taking part in the program.
“We know the positive impact learning a second language can have on a child’s engagement and development,” Mrs Andrews said.
“This will be the start of a life-long interest in language learning for southern Gold Coast children while at the same time boosting their English and problem-solving skills.