ELLA is a fun, digital, play-based language learning program for preschool children. It was developed as part of an Australian Government initiative to encourage more students to study a language. Nine languages are available in 2018: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish.
ELLA is delivered through a series of play-based apps on tablet devices, supported by a helpdesk, workshops and a website with support materials and reporting. Educators do not need to have previous knowledge of the language, or experience in delivering a language program. ELLA employs a co-learning approach; it inspires children and educators by driving a genuine interest in a new language and culture.
An expansion of the program aims to continue ELLA as a sustainable program in preschools beyond 2018. It includes:
Education Services Australia managed both the educational and technical solution for ELLA.
ELLA showcases ESA’s expertise in developing high quality and effective tablet applications for preschool children. The apps have been developed through careful and thorough project management and close engagement with key stakeholders including the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Millipede (the app developer) and subject matter experts in the ELLA languages.