English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial


The English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial will aim to improve English literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preschool children for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EAL/D). ELLIC will be underpinned by a play-based, interactive application (app), designed in consultation with Indigenous communities and subject matter experts.

The Australian Government has invested $5.9 million over 2017-18 to 2020-21 in the ELLIC trial, which is being designed and implemented by PwC's Indigenous Consulting.

The ELLIC apps are being co-designed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education stakeholders over 2019. They will be trialled with 20 Indigenous communities with high representation of EAL/D preschool children over the course of the 2020 school year.

Participating children will access the ELLIC app on tablet devices, and educators will be provided with extensive training and off-app support to assist implementation.

Consultation with participating communities and experts in Indigenous education is informing the development of trial resources and culturally relevant content.

An independent evaluation will report on the implementation and outcomes of the trial.

For more information

Further information will be added to this webpage as the ELLIC trial progresses.

For specific queries, please email ELLICEnquiries@education.gov.au.