Bilingualism: How Do I Teach My Child to Be Bilingual

By February 18, 2016Parkland Players

This is the first post in a series of posts about bilingualism.

In today’s multicultural society, bilingualism can be a great asset for any adult, teenager and even children. Bilingualism also aids in linguistic development overall, and children are natural language learners up until approximately age 12 at which point language acquisition can take slightly more work.

So how do you teach your child to be bilingual? Well there are a number of ways to do it. This includes:

  • If you yourself are bilingual, use two languages at home with your child fro the start. This may seem like it will confuse your child but children are natural language learners and they will work it out.
  • Use one language at home that is different than the language they use at school. This way, you will be teaching them one language and school will be teaching them the other.
  • Give your child many opportunities to hear and practice BOTH languages you are trying to teach them
  • Lastly, once they are school aged, some schools offer immersion programs in which classes are in French. This may be a good option if you want your child to be bilingual but you yourself are not.

Source: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/BilingualChildren/

 

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