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Australian pre-schools to offer Hindi language learning from 2018

File image of children playing at a child care centre Source: AAP

Under federal government’s effort to boost language learning, Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program will roll out Hindi language for pre-schoolers in 2018.

Preschools across Australia will now be able to offer Hindi language learning at their centres in 2018.

Under federal government’s effort to boost language learning, Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program will roll out Hindi language for pre-schoolers in 2018.

Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham at Australind Senior High School, Perth
Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham at Australind Senior High School, Perth
AAP

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham is encouraging preschools across Australia to introduce children to Hindi in 2018 as part of a language program run by the government.

Pre-schools can apply for participation in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program which engages pre-schoolers with languages other than English through a series of fun, play-based apps, which are aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework.

The ELLA program is part of federal government’s efforts to boost language learning backed by $15.7 million in funding.

“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 pre-schoolers to undertake Hindi language learning, they're not only getting exposure to a second language, but they're also improving their developmental and cognitive capabilities as well.”

The government is providing 1000 grants of $500 to assist with the purchase of tablet devices and accessories to help preschools take part in the program.

ELLA program is designed for use by educators who do not have formal language training, with extensive support provided through a suite of resources, including training support and apps for educators and families to assist in the effective delivery of the program. 

Minister Birmingham also announced that applications were now open for all Australian pre-schools till 15th December 2017 and could be found at www.ella.edu.au.

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