How does learning a second language benefit my child?
- Improved ability to communicate with others
- Improved overall school performance
- Improved problem-solving skills
- Career opportunities
- Deeper understanding of their own and other cultures
Why should my child learn a language in elementary school?
- Children who learn a language before adolescence are much more likely to have native-like pronunciation
- Introducing children to alternative ways of expressing themselves and to different cultures broadens their outlook
Will a second language interfere with my child's ability to learn English?
In a word, no. Children can learn much about English by learning the structure of other languages. Common vocabulary also helps children learn the meaning of new words in English. Experimental studies have shown that no long-term delay in native English language development occurs in children participating in second language classes, even in full immersion programs.
How can I help my child learn a second language?
- Encourage your child's interest in the language and in other cultures
- Show him or her that you value the ability to speak a second language
- Attend cultural events that feature music, dance, or food from the country or countries where the language is spoken
- Provide books, videos, or other materials in the second language
- Visit the podcast page and help your child practice his/her Spanish vocabulary
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