Because learning a foreign language is required in many schools, most children view learning a language as merely another boring task related to study. So, they are generally anxious to leave it behind with all other education during the summer. However, in addition to being useful in many ways, it can also be great fun if the teaching is tailored to suit a child’s interests, and reveals to the child just how stimulating and useful the language can be. So, spend the summer trying some of these teaching methods to keep your child’s language education fresh and ready for the next school year.
- Listen to Foreign Music: Whatever music your child enjoys, there is something similar in a foreign language. Foreign countries have their own versions of the world’s music, and revealing this world to your child could open doors to a lot of fun learning. When you’re on road trips, listen to the music together, try to learn the lyrics, make a game of translating the lyrics, and create an end goal; have a karaoke show at the end of the summer in which you both sing the entire song, or the version you translated together. For young children, it is even easier to find CDs with original music for teaching language. Studies have proven that children retain information better when it is set to music.
- Watch Foreign TV and Movies: Most of us love something on TV and films. Choose some interesting titles with your child and watch them together. Practice translating by watching a bit without the subtitles, pausing while you attempt to translate, and then looking at the movie’s translation to see if you got it right. Some fluent people agree that these translations can be inaccurate, so you could even try challenging the subtitles and coming up with better ones. If your child enjoys Sesame Street in English, for example, then they will be more willing to watch it in other languages, such as French, Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese.
- Take a Trip to a Foreign Land: There are many benefits to traveling the world, and learning a language is just one. Not only could you and your child learn the language of the country better, but you can experience new foods, cultures, history, and all the other benefits of travel. If this is too costly, however, there are plenty of places in the U.S. in which foreign languages and cultures are thriving. You could take a trip to another state, or to a neighborhood near you in which the language is very much alive.
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