App program to help youngsters learn languages
INDEPENDENT analysis of an early learning languages app has found children are grasping foreign languages at lightning speed by using the play-based program rather than conventional measures like flash cards.
Swinburne University of Technology research found children using the Federal Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia apps were 26% more engaged than those using flash cards, and were twice as likely to learn the sounds of many foreign words using the software.
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said he expected more than 55,000 children in almost 2000 child care centres and pre-schools would learn Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese or Spanish as part of the language program the government is rolling out this year.
“Learning a foreign language doesn’t just give children the gift of the gab, it can boost other vital skills like problem solving and their literacy in English that ultimately carry through to their performance at school,” he said.