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early languages: Can we make homework fun when teaching a 2nd language?

early languages: Can we make homework fun when teaching a 2nd language? | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it
Stories, games, music, conversations are all great ways to expose children to a 2ndlanguage. Kids learn without really realizing that they learn. They are soaking things in and having fun. They slowly develop understanding and fluency in the 2ndlanguage. And what about homework?
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early languages: 7 tips to help children learn a second language with music

early languages: 7 tips to help children learn a second language with music | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it
Music plays an important role in learning a second language. Similar areas of the brain are activated when listening to or playing music and speaking or processing language. Language and music are both associated with emotions, the combination makes it a powerful way to learn a second language. Why is music so helpful to learn a second language? (...)
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early languages: Top 10 reasons why kids should learn French

early languages: Top 10 reasons why kids should learn French | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it
#10: If you go to a French bakery, you cannot help but have a big smile when your child says: “Une baguette et 4 croissants, s’il vous plaît”. #9: ...
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Why Are They Talking So Fast?

Why Are They Talking So Fast? | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it
The impression of increased speech rate in a second language
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Why does it seem that people talk faster in a language we do not understand? An article from Pr. Francois Grosjean

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early languages: What kids teach us about learning a 2nd language

early languages: What kids teach us about learning a 2nd language | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it

As parents raising our kids with more than one language, we are often focused on the benefits that WE see for THEIR future: opening up future work opportunities, building a mental gymnastic that has cognitive advantages, etc.

 

These tend to be reasons that have future payoffs. Like many things, it requires effort and discipline as parents to do what we believe will be best for our kids’ future. Kids, however, are not focused on their future. What is important to them is NOW (...)

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early languages: 7 Habits that will help your child become bilingual

early languages: 7 Habits that will help your child become bilingual | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it

Raising bilingual children starts with a few small steps, a few minutes per day. It should not be overwhelming. We are all busy and we are trying our best. Using everyday activities to teach a language is key. Integrating these habits into our week will generate huge language learning pay-offs. Just like compound interest.

 

The goal is to fit these habits into each day of the week, between 5 and 10 minutes at a time. You will get a sense of accomplishment by doing each of them with your children. When you look back at the week, you will feel pretty good.

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Learning a Second Language with Dad – 10 Minutes at a Time | Multilingual Living

Learning a Second Language with Dad – 10 Minutes at a Time | Multilingual Living | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it
Bilingual children with 10 minutes of language at a time? Yes! Here are 10 minutes at a time tips FOR DADS to help children become multilingual!
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early languages: The 4 pillars of story-telling to learn a second language

early languages: The 4 pillars of story-telling to learn a second language | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it

Reading and telling stories is the common element to parents who raise their children with a second language. Not only is it the common element, it is the #1 on the priority list.

Parents that raise their kids with a second language are “story addicts”. They find every possible opportunity to tell or listen to stories with their children. Here are the 4 pillars of how parents expose their children to stories:

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Children learn better when they figure things out for themselves, research finds

Children learn better when they figure things out for themselves, research finds | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Research conducted by Penn State Brandywine Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Jennifer Zosh has discovered that toddlers learn new words more effectively by using their knowledge about the world to infer...
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early languages: 7 tips to learn a new language as a Mom

early languages: 7 tips to learn a new language as a Mom | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it

Learning a new language is a fascinating experience. It can be transformational. Your perceptions about the people, their culture and traditions can change significantly.


That’s how I felt 11 years ago, when I first met my husband and I had to learn French to be able to communicate with my in-laws. Now, I am learning Chinese and I feel the same way, as if a whole new world would have opened in front of my eyes.

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Princesses Learn French® Application for Android & Apple

Princesses Learn French® Application for Android & Apple | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it
Princesses Learn French® is safe for Kids! Find out why we gave it 4 stars. Things parents should know: This is a great app for learning beginning French terms and phrases.
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Princesses Learn French exposes children to their first French words and expressions, through stories, games and songs.

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Bilingual children have a better “working memory” than monolingual children

Bilingual children have a better “working memory” than monolingual children | Bilingual Kids | Scoop.it

A study conducted at the University of Granada and the University of York in Toronto, Canada, has revealed that bilingual children develop a better working memory –which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time– than monolingual children. The working memory plays a major role in the execution of a wide range of activities, such as mental calculation (since we have to remember numbers and operate with them) or reading comprehension (given that it requires associating the successive concepts in a text).

The objective of this study –which was published in the last issue of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology– was examining how multilingualism influences the development of the “working memory” and investigating the association between the working memory and the cognitive superiority of bilingual people found in previous studies.


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AnnC's curator insight, April 14, 2013 8:38 PM

another advantage of being multilingual