Over 500 children at 17 kindergartens in Wright will be given the opportunity to learn a second language this year, thanks to the Coalition Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said it was encouraging to see so many local kindergartens taking part in the program.
“Learning a second language can have a positive impact on a child’s engagement and development,” Mr Buchholz said.
“This will be the start of a life-long interest in language learning and instil a curiosity of the world for our children while at the same time boosting their English and problem-solving skills.”
The $15.7 million program will see local kindergarteners engage in play-based learning and use a series of interactive applications to learn one of nine different languages.
The program is designed for use by educators who do not have formal language training and extensive support and resources will be provided to assist educators in the effective delivery of early language learning and cultural awareness.
Mr Buchholz said kindergarteners in Wright would reap the rewards from their involvement in the program.
“Exposure to another language and culture can have significant benefits on children from a young age – it expands their horizons and opens up exciting opportunities around the world when they reach the workforce.”
More details about the program can be found at www.ella.edu.au.