English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial


The Australian Government has committed $5.9 million from 2017-18 to 2020-21 to trial a series of applications (apps) to be used in preschools to improve English literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children for whom English is a second or subsequent language.

ELLIC aims to support the Government's commitment to Closing the Gap in literacy achievement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and non-Indigenous children to support successful transitions to school.

ELLIC will be underpinned by a play-based, interactive application (app), designed in consultation with Indigenous communities and subject matter experts.

PWC Indigenous Consulting Pty Ltd has been engaged by the Department of Education and Training to design, develop and implement the ELLIC trial.

The trial will take place over the 2019 and 2020 school years in 20 Indigenous communities.

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.

Consultation and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and preschool educators over the course of 2019 will inform the development of culturally relevant content for the trial.

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

For more information

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

For specific queries, please email ELLICEnquiries@education.gov.au.