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Learning a new language will have numerous benefits for your child and starting at an early age teaches children that it’s advantageous to speak more than one language. Acquiring language skills helps boost children’s problem-solving skills, recall ability, and concentration levels. It can also have a knock-on effect on the rest of their learning, helping with reading, writing, and listening skills. Finally, it can provide them with many exciting opportunities as they grow up, in terms of career options and travel possibilities. Here a private college in the UK provides some top tips for helping your child learn a new language.
Speak different languages at home
If you are bilingual, speaking both languages around your child as much as possible will enable them to become familiar with the different words and sounds. They will absorb more than you might think, making it easier for them to expand on this learning when they study languages formally at school.
Immersion in culture
Exposing your child to the culture of the second language will help cement their learning and bring it to life. They’ll hear the language spoken by different people and applied to real life. For an example, you could take them to a market centred around the culture or spend time with family members who speak the language. Taking your child abroad to a country where the language is spoken will provide the ultimate immersion experience.
Practice makes perfect
Try encouraging your child to use the new language when completing everyday activities. When out shopping or during cooking ask them to name food in both languages, and you could convert their favourite songs into the second language. You could also watch movies or read books in the language. Think about putting up words and phrases around the house so that your child is repeatedly exposed to them. Just keep coaxing your child to practice the new language whenever you can.
Make use of technology
There are plenty of games and apps you can download onto your child’s tablet to help them practice a new language. They will probably find these visually stimulating which will help them learn and retain new words and phrases. This could be a fun activity to do together, and often they’ll forget they’re even learning.
Helping your child learn a new language will flex their cognitive muscles and give them an advantage at school and later in life, as well as providing them with a global outlook which is increasingly important in today’s world.Follow me on social media for more!
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