'We want our children to be strong in the languages they already know and to be strong in English.'
(ELLIC Co-design 2020)
The ELLIC program supports development of language skills – languages spoken at home and learning English language.
What is ELLIC?
ELLIC is a new trial program that:
- helps preschool Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children build new skills in English
- supports the languages and skills that these children and their families already have.
The program includes language-based apps for children. Resources for educators include offline activities and professional learning that support their work with children who are learners of Standard Australian English as an additional language or dialect. First languages are valued and recognised through some advice which supports the role of families in terms of developing language skills at home.
Co-design of resources
A co-design process has shaped the design and development of the trial program. Educators and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families influence resources as they are being developed. They work closely with the ELLIC team to shape resources that will be helpful and have meaning for you and the children.
Participate in ELLIC
In 2021, a few preschools were invited to take part in the program. They shaped development of the first resources.
In 2022, the trial program has been expanded to include more preschools in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Participating preschools have:
- targeted support to match their needs
- access to professional learning
- opportunities to help shape resources as they are developed.