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?
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? (...)
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 (...)
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.
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:
(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...
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.
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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