English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) Trial

The Australian Government is investing in the English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) Trial to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preschool children, for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) to learn English in a fun and engaging way.

The ELLIC Trial is targeted at preschool children in the year before formal schooling and will be aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Australian Curriculum: Foundation.

About the trial

The English Language Learning for Indigenous Children Trial is:

  • Underpinned by a series of digital learning play-based apps
  • Can be used by preschool educators to support English literacy development

Implementation in preschools will be supported through:

  • Educator training
  • An educator app
  • Provision of technical assistance
  • Development of a range of resources to complement app-based activities
  • An online educator community of practice.

A public website and other resources will support engagement with families and also facilitate information about the trial to interested stakeholders.

App consultations

The ELLIC apps will be:

  • Co-designed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education stakeholders
  • Trialled with 20 Indigenous communities with high representation of EAL/D preschool children in 2021­-2022.

Participating children will access the ELLIC app on tablet devices, and educators will be provided with extensive training and off-app support to assist implementation.

Trial outcomes

An independent evaluation will report on the implementation and outcomes of the trial.

Further information will be added to this webpage as the ELLIC Trial progresses.

For more information

Further information will be added to this webpage as the ELLIC trial progresses.