How to teach your child to speak two (or more!) languages at the same time

By October 7, 2021Parkland Players
How to teach your child to speak two (or more!) languages at the same time

Young infants can learn any language depending on their environment. They are flexible and could learn new things gradually and quickly.

Many children in Canada are bilingual from an earlier age. The dominant language is the one that is spoken more often, fluently, and comfortably. It may change over time as the environment changes. So how to you teach a child multiple languages and how do you encourage it over the years? Here are a few ways by the  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

1. Books

Exposure to books at an early age has a significant positive effect on children in language development. Having children read different languages and read different visuals of language characters are great ways to support children to adapt different languages.

2. Music

We can’t take away music from children. It is such a fun style of the learning experience and with learning languages, it is no different. Children can copy and mimic the sound of the music in different languages. Try using nursery rhymes in different languages. Some dance moves with the songs will even make learning more fun and unique.

3. TV and Videos

There are plenty of children’s programs online and in different languages. If the child loves one program, try finding the same program in another language. It is also a great way to learn various topics such as colors, letters, numbers, and simple words.

4. Language programs

There have been many language programs incorporated in school systems and extracurricular programs. It is also a great way to learn together with peers and have a mentor to follow. Having similar level with others will boost confidence and comfort level when learning new languages.

 

There you have them: 5 ways in which you can support your child’s language development.

 

Reference: 

https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/learning-two-languages/

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