Australian kids to learn Arabic, French ..

FOUR-year-olds will be encouraged to learn French, Arabic, Indonesian, Japanese or Mandarin under a new taxpayer funded initiative to get Australian kids speaking a second language.

The Federal Government will today launch a new $9.8 million pilot program to deliver foreign language “apps” into preschools.
The new technology will allow preschool students, as young as three and four, to gain foreign language skills through playing educational games on tablet devices.
Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley said 40 preschools, including some in regional and remote areas, would be chosen to participate in the one-year language trial, which will begin early next year. Read More ..

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