Tips on language learning and teaching for kids.
It’s extremely important that kids have motivation to learn a new language. How to increase their motivation is not as difficult as you might think. You can simply do the following;
Offer your child rewards for learning extra words or phrases. (e.g. a trip to a restaurant, or his/her favorite place to go, such as zoo, museum, playground or an amusement park)
Especially for small children, surprises are proven to increase motivation. When you play surprise games, your child will be empowered to maintain contact with ‘the world’. For example, turn their favorite cuddly toy into puppet that speaks in the new language.
Fun & games
Playing games like hide and seek by counting in the new language, flash card games, online memory or matching games, puzzles, board games using the new language words will do the trick. read more
Keep it short and simple
Both adults and children alike will automatically lose interest if tasks are too difficult. So, keep it simple and easy. Play with a few easy words to build their confidence and they will develop a curiosity for the other new words in time. Monitor their level of interest as you go along.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice makes perfect. Practicing the new words they have heard as they get along with their daily activities is easy, fun and an empowering way to build on their new language skills.
Flash cards & posters
Flash cards are easy, clear and very effective. Similar to Dino Lingo motion images, flash cards work by creating object-sign associations in your child’s brain after a short period of exposure. You can also play all sorts of learning games with flash cards and posters, such as “find the image” or “show me …. ” or “what is this?” etc…
Cartoons & motion images
Children love watching cartoons. In Dino Lingo programs while our animations are capturing your child’s imagination, he/she will learn new words and phrases.
If your child already knows some words and phrases in the new language, we suggest you purchase age appropriate storybooks to read along with them. If he/she doesn’t know any words, you can still read their favorite storybooks by replacing the words in the new target language.
Music & songs
Music is universal and there are many age appropriate CD’s available online geared toward child audiences. Turn your car into a mini music studio by playing children’s CD’s and play background music in your home that facilitates your child’s learning and development. Studies have shown that even background music can increase children’s vocabulary.
Talking with native speakers
One of the best ways of practicing a new language is giving your child opportunities to interact with native speakers. A fun family activity is to visit a place where the target language maybe spoken such as a restaurant, a supermarket or a cultural center, etc.
Test & quiz
Speak to your child in the new language and/or learn along with them as a student. Ask them questions in the new language like “what is this ? ” and point to the object. Kids also love to draw pictures, so plan an art class with them by asking them to draw the objects you are saying to them in the target language. Always remember to reward your child for doing their best.read more
King & Mackey , 2007, (p267) gave some other examples on how to motivate children to learn a 2nd language
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