How To Teach Your Child A Foreign Language
When should you start teaching your child a foreign language? What are some techniques you should consider?
If you want your child to learn a second language, the earlier in life you begin that education, the easier it will be for them to learn. America has long been known as a melting pot of many different cultures and languages. Many American cities are so diverse, there are particular areas in cities that you can visit and never hear a word of English. And if you think your child may do a significant amount of traveling in his life, teaching your child a second language might not be a bad idea. However, learning a second language is not a simple task. It requires dedication, hard work, and a deep desire to further your linguistic education.
Once your child has a firm grasp of the English language, in first or second grade, you can begin teaching your child a second language. They have reached a certain level of achievement in their primary language and are ready for more. The younger you begin teaching a child a second language, the more quickly he'll be able to learn that other language. Researchers say it's because young children like making new words and new sounds and are fascinated by language and ready to learn.
When choosing which language to teach your children, consider which would be the most valuable second language for them to learn. Is there a language outside your native language that is commonly used in your city or town? Is there a country that your child might travel to regularly in which the natives speak another tongue? Further, you shouldn't be concerned that learning a second language will hurt your child's ability to learn the native language. Research has shown that they know the differences.
You want to start out teaching them simple words and sounds in the second language. You may even want to find a starter's book on the particular language you want your child to learn. Another option on finding curriculum is to contact your local school board of education to find out what the current curriculum is for your school's education in those classes. Those make good starters on that language so you can mesh it with the education they'll receive later in life in school.