This lesson is designed to teach parents how to introduce bilingual or multilingual languages to their children aged 3-6 years (kindergarten).
Why is learning another language important for the child?
- It allows children to relate and interact with people from different cultures.
- It helps children develop a healthy brain and provides a lifetime of cognitive and social benefits.
- It boosts problem-solving, critical thinking, and listening skills and also improves memory, concentration, and multitasking ability.
- Children who are proficient in other languages also exhibit enhanced creativity and mental flexibility.
- Exposure to other languages at a young age leads to a more positive attitude towards the cultures associated with the languages.
Tips for introducing bilingual or multilingual education
- One person, one language (OPOL) – introduce one language at a time when communicating with the child. Let’s say while introducing two languages English and Spanish, let one parent speak in Spanish with the child and the other in English.
- Allocate a time for the language – children pick up languages very quickly. Make sure to speak in only that particular language during the allocated time.
- Don’t use more than one language at a time – Reply to children in the language you want them to learn. Do not mix different languages.
- Use appropriate terms associated with the preferred language only. Do not jinx.
- Access to Supporting material – The brain recognizes and associates patterns in words. Make sure the child has access to various books in the language being taught at a specific time.
Invite the child to watch the video and help learn more than one language. There are many language-learning activities that you can do at home that can significantly help the child’s proficiency in multiple languages.
For more language resources, visit: https://theglobalmontessorinetwork.org/language-lessons/.
Video created by Aishwarya | I teach I learn
This video has been added and used with the author’s permission. It is also available on the author’s YouTube, here.
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