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A culture of language and understanding

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Early Learning Languages Australia

ELLA is a digital, play-based language learning program for preschool children. This Australian Government initiative inspires children by driving a genuine interest in a new language and culture.

Apply now for ELLA!

Applications are open for preschools to join the ELLA program.

Want to learn more? Register to attend an ELLA information webinar.



Languages from around the world

There are 13 languages to choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Spanish and Vietnamese – and, from 2020, Korean and Turkish. This will fully align the ELLA suite of languages to the languages in the Australian Curriculum, which children can study in later years.

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Chinese (Mandarin)
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Guten Tag!
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Modern Greek
Γεια σου!
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Xin chào!


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Discover the ELLA apps

The ELLA journey includes seven apps that focus on different topics. The apps were developed with language and early childhood professionals. This means they are fun to use and they also deliver on learning outcomes.

App 1

The Polyglots in the Playroom
Children meet playful characters, and learn greetings, introductions, farewells, likes and dislikes.

App 2

The Polyglots at the Beach
Children explore the language of colours and greetings in the fun setting of the beach.

App 3

The Polyglots at the Birthday Party
The Polyglots at the Birthday Party replicates the fun and playful environment of a children’s birthday party.

App 4

The Polyglots at the Zoo
The Polyglots at the Zoo includes animals and food items from a range of cultures within the diverse environment of an open-range zoo.

App 5

The Polyglots at the Circus
The Polyglots at the Circus features circus experiences and language related to parts of the body. This app also reinforces vocabulary included in the first four apps.

App 6

The Polyglots at the Park
The Polyglots at the Park features games and activities commonly played in Australia.

App 7

The Polyglots in the Town
The Polyglots in the Town features places and activities commonly found in Australia.
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ELLA program

When your preschool joins ELLA, you get access to seven apps in your chosen language, a liaison officer, a helpdesk, newsletters, printables and much more.

How ELLA works

ELLA is free for preschools. All you need is a WiFi connection and a compatible tablet device. Once you're approved, you'll get access to the ELLA apps, the program resources, and lots of support.
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Who’s on board with ELLA?

Preschools all around Australia

Around 80,000 children and 2500 preschools are already involved in ELLA. ELLA works so well because preschools anywhere in the country can take part. It doesn't matter if they’re in urban, regional or remote areas. All children get to experience the magic and possibilities of a new language.

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Engaging with ELLA as a parent

Yuki found new ways to become involved in her daughter’s preschool year

My daughter and I were both so thrilled when her kinder chose to learn Japanese. I am Japanese and eager for my daughter to practise her Japanese language with other kids as much as possible.

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