Helping Your Child Learn a Second Language

Learning a foreign language as a child can provide a lifetime of benefits, from improving academic skills to widening career opportunities.

If you want to help your child learn a second language, but you don’t know where to start; here are a five great tips from Oaks International

1. ‘Practice makes perfect’ and practice is essential when it comes to learning a language.

Help your child to find the time to practice at home by including it in their weekly routine, or book them into a local language class.

2. Encourage your child to practice their language skills by teaching you what they have learnt.

Explaining is learning. Let your child play the teacher and you’ll be surprised by how much you pick up along the way.

3. Find TV programmes in the language your child is learning to help them learn visually and improve their pronunciation.

It can also be beneficial to watch along with your child so that you can point out or repeat certain words. By watching foreign television programmes with your child you will not only be supporting your child’s learning, but you will also be learning too.

4. Help your child to find suitable language learning apps for their tablet or smart phone.

Apps are a great learning tool, as they encourage learning through fun interactive games. The internet also offers a wealth of language resources. Ask the teacher for recommended resources your child can use at home.

5. Labels are a really simple and effective way to learn the translations of everyday objects.

By placing small labels on household items, you will be repeatedly exposing your child to these new words. This is a scientifically proven method to help memorise information and increase foreign language vocabulary.

*This is a collaborative post

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