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Foreign Language learning for Kids By Ambreen Ali

  in Education | Published 2014-04-15 16:13:06 | 349 Reads | Unrated

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Much attention has recently been focused on the importance of early learning experiences on brain development. For years it has been thought that teaching a foreign language to preschool-age children would be futile. However, recent studies indicate that the best time for a child to learn another la

nguage is in the first three to four years of life.

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Much attention has recently been focused on the importance of early learning experiences on brain development. For years it has been thought that teaching a foreign language to preschool-age children would be futile. However, recent studies indicate that the best time for a child to learn another language is in the first three to four years of life. Young children who acquire language rather than consciously learn it, as older children and adults have to, are more likely to have better pronunciation and feel for the language and culture. When monolingual children reach puberty and become
more self-conscious, their ability to pick up language diminishes. Learning a second language can give your child a firmer grasp on his first. Formulating foreign phrases requires the use of grammar skills, which allow him to better understand the rules of his native tongue. In addition to developing a lifelong ability to communicate with more people, children may derive other benefits from early language instruction, including improved overall school performance and superior problem-solving skills. Some evidence also suggests that children who receive second language instruction are more creative and better at solving complex problems. Students of foreign languages have access to a greater number of career possibilities and develop a deeper understanding of their own and other cultures. Staffing agents read thousands of résumés per year and bilingual applicants are routinely at the top of the pile. Knowing a second language ultimately provides a competitive advantage in the workforce by opening up additional job opportunities. The benefits to society are many. When it comes to teaching kids a second language, there can be a confusing array of choices. Infants can learn by listening, seeing, imitating, and practicing. So talk to them from the start. Tell them what you are doing. Introduce them to rhymes, songs, games, and counting in a second or third language. If you can't speak another language yourself, get plenty of tapes. Consider boarding a foreign student. Most importantly, make learning fun. In a program, Bilingual immersion, learning a second language is integrated with the academic curriculum. Students as young as preschool are placed in a classroom setting where all the teaching, as well as the usual conversation, is done in the language the kids are learning. Children enrolled in immersion programs work toward full proficiency in the second language and usually reach a higher level of competence than those participating in other language programs. However, these programs may not be available in all school districts, and even then, they usually only offer the most popular languages. FLES programs are more common than immersion programs. A second language is presented as a distinct subject. Typically, the course is taught three to five times per week. Depending on the frequency of the classes and the opportunity for practice, children in these programs may attain substantial proficiency in the language studied. Summer programs offering international exchange are suitable for older children and offer valuable opportunities to speak a second language and explore a different culture firsthand. Children normally live with a host family, which provides them with a safe and sheltered environment where they can practice their language skills. Raising multilingual children requires patience, and there are going to be times when doubt sneaks in. As with most aspects of parenting, it's a long term commitment and there will be ups and downs. But remember, that's happening to the parents of the monolingual children too. Don't worry if your child doesn't speak his multiple languages as quickly or as adeptly as his peers. Instead focus upon his successes and marvel at the development of his little brain. Children need to feel that they are making progress. They need continual encouragement as well as praise for good performance, as any success motivates. Parents are in an ideal position to motivate and so help their children learn. street dance classes bradford / kickboxing classes bradford / arts week

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