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Learning a second language can be child’s play

Local Federal Member for Dunkley, Bruce Billson, today encouraged local preschools in Dunkley to nominate for a place in the 2015 Early Learning Languages Australia trial.

Mr Billson said expressions of interest have now opened to be one of 40 preschools nationwide to take part in the trial which will see languages other than English introduced at preschools.

“The trial is part of the Abbott Government’s longer-term vision for improved access to language studies throughout a child’s education,” Mr Billson said.

“The Federal Government has contributed $9.8 million for the trial which will see up to five languages introduced on a trial basis to increase children’s learning.

“This is a fun, easy and economical way to get our children interested in learning a second language early on in their education journey.

“It’s also a great way to promote inclusive communities here in Dunkley, with the latest figures indicating about one in five Australians speak a language other than English at home.

“There is absolutely no reason why a preschool in Dunkley couldn’t be chosen to take part and I encourage all interested facilities to nominate,” Mr Billson said.

Proposed languages for the trial at this time include Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Indonesian, French and Arabic.

The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial involves study through online foreign language software in preschools, via play-based apps on tablet devices and will be open to all preschools with a standard internet connection.

Early childhood services have until 5pm (AEST) Monday 29 September 2014 to express their interest by registering at the official website here