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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Helping Your Child Learn A New Language

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Have you ever considered learning a new language or teaching your child a new language? I have always loved the idea of being able to speak multiple languages and I imagine it would be especially handy if you plan on doing lots of traveling. 


Learning a new language can offer a number of benefits to your child’s future. From improving their academic skills to widening future career opportunities, speaking a second language is an incredibly useful skill. It isn't easy or quick thing to teach your child but the benefits of being able speak multiple languages as they grow can really help enrich their lives as they grow. 


Here is some great advice from Oaks International School for parents who wish to help their children learn a new language…

- When it comes to learning a new language, it is important to practice as often as possible. Try to make time for language learning at least once a day. This could be done together at home, or after school at a local language class. 

- TV programmes are another great way to help your child to learn a new language. Your chid will be able to follow along visually, whilst listening to natural conversation. This will help to improve their pronunciation and sentence structure. It can also be beneficial to watch along with your child and use subtitles. Exposing your child to as much of the language or languages as possible can be extremely beneficial as children pick up so much from things they see and hear around them every day. 

- You could also use language learning apps on your tablet or smart phone. Apps are a great learning tool, as they encourage learning through fun and interactive games. There is also a wide range of language learning websites available, specifically for children. Speak with your child’s school teacher for recommended websites.

- Another great way to encourage your child to develop their language skills is to get them teaching you! Ask them to show you some of the new words and phrases they have recently learnt. This is not only great practice, but it will also help them to memorise the language. Children love being able to tell us grown ups what to do (especially if we are doing it wrong and they get to correct us!) so this is a great way to really encourage children who may be struggling too. 

- Finally, a really simple way to learn the translations of everyday objects is by using labels. Add sticky labels to some of your household items and your child will soon memorise these new words and increase their foreign language vocabulary. Maybe start introducing simple words and phrases in the new language into your daily routine. Things like saying good morning, asking for food or similar can be a great way to introduce learning into every day tasks and life. 


Are there any languages you would love to learn or do you already speak multiple languages? Let me know in the comments below. 

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