October 24, 2018

Foreign Language Success

Ways You Can Help Your Child Succeed

A parent’s attitude toward language learning is crucial to a child’s success. In an ever-changing world with shrinking borders and the ease of the internet, learning another language is definitely valuable. It's likely to help your child become a better thinker, to help him or her focus better, and can give a boost in salary as an adult.

Here are some ways you can aid your child on their language learning journey.

Have your child teach you a new word daily! Here at Cultured Kids Club, we provide a weekly vocabulary list for all of our themes. Ask your child to help you say it right; don't be offended if they laugh at your pronunciation. Having your child teach you is a great way to keep them learning.

Find videos, music, or books to help. This doesn't mean you have to go out and buy them. If your child has a favorite Netflix show, see if you can change the language to their target language, especially if it is something they have watched regularly in English. There are a plethora of videos and songs on YouTube. You can even ask your librarian if they have books in that foreign language!

Find cultural events connected to the language. Here in Columbus, we have a ton of ethnic festivals; some every weekend in the summer! Sometimes a quick Google search or even a Facebook events search can yield interesting and unique results.

Make time to practice. Ay, there's the rub! Lots of children have many activities every week; the best time to make sure they are practicing is immediately after homework (if they go to school), or even before dinner. You could play music while they're setting the table, or perhaps during their evening bath. Cultured Kids Club does offer registered students free worksheets to continue learning outside the classroom-- just make sure to set aside time for your child to do them!

Whatever you decide to do, make sure that your attitude is always positive! Your child will be more likely to see language classes as a priority if you do as well.

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