In 2018, approximately 2,500 preschool services have chosen to implement ELLA, with a reach of over 80,000 children. Languages available include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Modern Greek and Hindi.
In the 2018-19 Budget, the Government announced that an additional $11.8 million will be invested in the highly successful ELLA program. This will support the continued expansion of ELLA in preschools and will extend the program into schools through a trial for students in Foundation to Year 2 (F-2). The extended program will be trialed in up to 300 schools in a staged approach over 2019, 2020 and 2021 calendar years.
Funding will also support the development and implementation of apps in Korean, Vietnamese, Turkish and German. This will fully align the ELLA suite of languages to the languages in the Australian Curriculum, endorsed nationally in December 2015 by all Education Ministers.
The F-2 trial will be made available to both schools which have a formal languages program, run by a qualified languages teacher, and those where there is no formal languages program or qualified languages teacher. The intention is to use the program as an additional resource where there is already a languages program/languages teacher, or it can also be used as a stand-alone language learning app where there is no languages teacher available (as is the case in the current ELLA preschool program).
A key goal of the ELLA program remains to provide young children with exposure to language learning in the early years so that they will be more likely to continue learning languages in the later years of schooling. In many states and territories, formal language training with trained languages teachers is not available until Year 3; ELLA aims to address this gap.
Further information on the trial will be published on this webpage as details become available. If you would like to register your interest in the ELLA F-2 schools trial, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.