Teaching your child a second language from an early age will not only help when they learn languages at school, but research suggests that multilingual children also have enhanced creativity and critical thinking skills. Furthermore, knowing a second language can improve your child’s future career prospects.
If you’d like to know how you can help your child to learn a new language, here is some great advice from a preparatory school in West Sussex
It is important to practice a new language with your child as often as possible. Ideally you should try to make time for it at least once a day. This can be done together at home, or you could enrol your child at a local language class. Another really simple way to practice language learning every day is by adding sticky labels to toys, food or furniture around your house. This will help your child to memorise these new words and enrich their language skills.
If you don’t have any local classes, there are lots of language learning resources online. Many are free and are specifically aimed at children. These are a great way to encourage learning through fun and interactive games. Help your child to get set up on your computer or download an app onto your tablet. You can always ask your child’s teacher for recommendations.
Another useful learning method is watching foreign-language television programmes or movies. Your chid will be able to follow along visually, whilst listening to natural conversation and pause or rewind where necessary. This method of learning will help to improve your child’s pronunciation and sentence structure.
If your child prefers imaginative play, you can enhance their language skills using role play! This is a fun way to teach your child new words and phrases. Play a shop keeper and ask them for the translation of various foods or household items. This is not only great practice, but it will also help your child to memorise the language.
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