From improving academic skills to widening future career opportunities, learning a foreign language can provide a number of benefits for your child.
The good news is, even if you don’t speak a second language, there are still ways that you can help your child to learn.
If you want to help your child to learn a foreign language, but you don’t know where to begin, here is some great advice from Laude El Altillo School…
- Practice, practice, practice! When it comes to learning a new language it is important to practice daily. Help your child to fit their language learning into their busy lifestyle by practicing together at bedtime or signing them up to an online language class.
- Encourage your child to develop their language skills by teaching you! Ask them to teach 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. Let your child play the teacher and you will both benefit from this fun learning method.
- TV programmes are another great way to help your child learn a new language. They can follow along visually and listen carefully to sentence structure and pronunciation. It can also be beneficial to watch along with your child and repeat certain words.
- You can also find suitable language learning apps for your child’s tablet or smart phone. Apps are a great learning tool, as they encourage learning through fun interactive games. There is also a wide range of language resources available on the internet. Ask your child’s school for recommended websites.
- Finally, a really simple way to learn the translations of everyday objects is by using sticky labels. By sticking labels on your household items, you will be helping your child to memorise these new words and increase their foreign language vocabulary.