How to Teach Your Child a Foreign Language (New Language)
Foreign languages can be very beneficial. Having a bilingual or multilingual child can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. Here are some tips on how to make sure that your second language (or more) becomes just as good if not better than the first!
Have you ever been amazed by people who speak a second (or even third or fourth) language fluently as their first language? Well, it may be that these people have a special aptitude for languages. But the truth is, we all can learn a foreign tongue — particularly if we start at an early age, so if you want your child to be bilingual (or even multilingual), here’s how to Teach Your Child a New Language.
1. Getting Started Early
Babies are born with the amazing ability to mimic any language, and by ten months, they narrow down what sounds best for them. So if you want your child to learn another one, it’s best if an adult speaks in that second tongue around every day from birth until age 1 so he has time to get used to everything about being bilingual or trilingual (even though some children might not even bother).
It is best to delay introducing a second language until your child has had an “explosive” growth spurt in their first tongue, which typically happens between 18-20 months.
2. Find a Class
While a lot of people believe that learning a second language is only for academic backgrounds, it’s beneficial to all learners. Many schools offer “Mommy & Me” classes for young kids (age 2) or preschool through high school-aged children; these provide the perfect opportunity if you’re looking at brushing up on your French!
When looking for a foreign language class, make sure it meets the following criteria:
3. A native speaker teaches it.
Teach the foreign language to the child before the onset of puberty, and you’ll have great potential to speak the language with a near-native accent. That’s why kids need practice in order not only to memorize words but also to repeat phrases properly! You should take classes where teachers use only their native tongue (no English!) so that students get immersed into its sounds as well
4. It is fun and engaging for kids.
A good children’s class should use songs, arts and crafts to teach language. In a Spanish preschool classroom, for instance, an instructor might give the students toy farm animals to play with while teaching them about these creatures in their native tongue (i.e., “mi Zapatero es un burrito”). Older kids may focus on activities such as cooking or folk dancing which will build conversation skills alongside learning vocabulary from other cultures through performances that explore how people speak differently around the world!
5. Is it the right size and length for your child.
Before you enroll your child in any foreign language program, ask if it’s the right one for him and how much time he’ll need. Some schools offer private lessons that allow children to learn at an individual pace and group classes with six or eight kids per session–classes can also range anywhere from 45 minutes up past 90-minute duration! Before making such important decisions about their future educational path; Get-To Know Aspect Ratio (GtWR) should always prevail over what seems like
6. Enhance Your Childs Learning Skills at Home
While Foreign Language classes can provide a good foundation for language learning, you’ll want to introduce the concepts at home. Here are a few ways to keep the spirit alive:
- To get your child excited about learning another language, you should introduce them to foreign-language picture books and videos geared towards young children.
- Search the Web for sites that are available in both English AND their target languages
- Take a trip around town with an open mind; visit places where people speak other languages
- Label items on shelves or buses
- Invite friends who can help out
- Find international pen pals
- Passport invaluable tool
- Great way to broaden perspective
- Stay connected globally
The Benefits of your Child Being Bilingual (Speak 2 Languages)
1. Why you should encourage your child to study a second language? Researchers have found the following:
- Language study helps children become more imaginative, better with abstract ideas, and flexible in their thinking. They have a great sensitivity to languages and a better ear for listening.
- Learning a second language is an invaluable skill that can help children better understand their native tongue.
- The child will be able to understand and appreciate people from other countries.
- He can finally feel connected to his roots.
- There are a lot you can do to have fun!