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The chance to learn a new language is fantastic for young people, as it can open up many new opportunities for their future. For instance, they will be able to engage with more people around the world and they will probably have better career prospects. You might be wondering how you can help your child with their language, especially if you are not bi/multilingual yourself. The truth is, it’s actually easier than you might think. Here are some top tips from a private school in London.
Little and often is the best approach when it comes to learning a new language, so try and encourage your child to practice for a short while each day. Start by labelling everything around your home in the language your child is learning, from the fridge to the front door. Dig out the post-it notes and translation book and get sticking! This will help them become more with basic vocabulary.
You may be able to find some language classes in your local area that your child could join to help assist their learning. There are also lots of apps and other downloadable resources that your child can use to help them learn their new language in a fun and interactive way. They are accessible anywhere, which means your child can practice the language whilst on the bus or waiting for a doctor’s appointment etc.
Foreign TV programs, films and books are other fantastic ways for your child to enhance their language skills. They are useful because they allow your child to become familiar with sentence structures, spelling and pronunciation. When watching a film or TV show, it can help to have subtitles switched on at first, until your child becomes more proficient in the language.
It might help your child to have a study buddy that they can practice their language skills with. Perhaps they could start a pen pal relationship with someone who speaks the language to help give them some constructive criticism and support. If this is not an option, you could try and help your child by using cue cards, so that they can practice sentence and you can let them know if they were correct or not. You could even ask your child to teach you some of their new vocabulary and language skills to help them reinforce what they have learnt.
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