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App to revive language learning trialled in Bennelong goes national

A language app for preschool children, trialled at Top Ryde Early Learning Centre will be going to schools across the Australia.

Three more preschools in Bennelong have already signed on to the programme, which provides the exciting opportunity to learn another language using play-based mobile tablet apps.

“I’m delighted to announce that the Imaginations Preschool, Kids Cottage of Gladesville, and Magda Hanna have all been successful in obtaining a place in the Turnbull Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia programme,” the Member for Bennelong, John Alexander said today.

John Alexander MP with Minister Simon Birmingham at Top Ryde Early Learning Centre

John Alexander MP with Minister Simon Birmingham at Top Ryde Early Learning Centre

“This means our local children will have the opportunity to experience Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French, or Arabic languages through apps which are being delivered in selected pre-schools across Australia.

“The ELLA programme is a great opportunity for our pre-schoolers to make an early start on becoming familiar with another language and I commend our local preschools, especially trail blazers Top Ryde Early Learning Centre for committing to the programme and giving our children this opportunity.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government has invested $9.8 million in the languages app to help to revive language study in Australia’s early education centres, schools and universities.

“Seeing and hearing young children counting, following recipes and singing in a language that isn’t their native tongue, you understand how engaging this app is and why it has had such positive feedback from kids, educators and families,” Minister Birmingham said.

“I am committed to ensuring that the Turnbull Government delivers Australian families the learning opportunities they want, in a form that works for them and their children and at a time, as early as possible in life, to establish a life-long interest.

“Following the success of the ELLA programme and Polyglots apps, the Turnbull Government has committed $6 million through the National Science and Innovation Agenda to the development of a similar app focused on inspiring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

For more information about the ELLA programme visit: www.education.gov.au/early-learning-languages-australia