The need to know multiple languages is more apparent today than ever before. With more and more countries conducting business across borders, knowing a second language will propel child to new heights. Below are five ways to help your child study a foreign language.
- Choose the right program: In order to ensure your child’s success, it is critical that you choose the right language program for your child. In this competitive market, many companies say they offer immersion programs but do not teach for acquisition. Making sure your child receives the proper instruction from certified language specials will help ensure their success.
- Exposure to Language: Having your child interact at least 2 -3 times a week with a native speaker/language specialist, will increase their ability to acquire a new language. The more a child is immersed in the language, the more quickly he/she will adapt to its language pattern and sounds.
- Introduction of Culture: Having your child watch programs and listen to songs in the desired target language will help increase their sense of the language culture. Make sure your child is enjoying the activities. Never force them to participate in any culture activity that they do not enjoy. It should be a fun experience they look forward to participating.
- Practice the language: Make sure you give your child every opportunity to speak the language. If you or your spouse speaks the target language, be sure to practice with your child as much as possible. If you don’t speak the language, have your child to teach you what they’re learning. It gives them a sense of ownership and pride in learning the target language.
- Encourage! Explain to your child the importance of learning a foreign language and it’s benefits. Make sure you explain the differences between the languages and encourage your child to speak the language as much as possible. Don’t be hard on mistakes! Let them know it’s okay if their pronunciation or grammar is not perfect!