Helping children to learn

Helping children to learn

Childhood Education: What Factors Influence Foreign Language Learning?

by Ashley Caldwell

Multilingualism has become essential in the modern era because of the connections forged through businesses and over online channels. Therefore, it is beneficial for your kids to learn a foreign language during their childhood. An additional language will increase their opportunities in the professional world. Moreover, they will be able to develop strong cross-cultural relationships and connections for healthier growth and development. However, it is important to note that learning a new language can be challenging. Here are some factors which influence language learning and simple tips on boosting your child's potential.

Personal Motivation

Children will learn foreign languages with more ease and speed if they have personal motivation. A young individual who understands the benefits of knowing another language will be more eager to learn. On the other hand, if the child feels forced to learn a meaningless tongue, they will be less willing to put in sufficient effort. You should help your child gain motivation for language learning by helping them find real and meaningful connections to their daily lives. Moreover, choose a teacher or training institute with a contextual and theme-based curriculum.

Home Support

The support provided at home in relation to a foreign language can determine the speed and ease of learning. Therefore, you should provide an environment which encourages the child to take more risks in producing the language. For example, exposure at home is a critical element in language acquisition and comprehension. If your family members are polyglots, they should communicate with the young one in the unfamiliar language. This will promote faster learning. You can also invest an materials which increase the level of language exposure. There are numerous interesting educational and entertainment aids which can offer some level of immersion.

Classroom Environment

Children are sensitive towards their learning environment and this can affect their ability to acquire a new language efficiently. If your child feels tense in the classroom, they will be less open to growing in multilingualism. Moreover, if the curriculum is strenuous and difficult to understand, they are more likely to give up before actual learning occurs. Therefore, you should check the teacher's or educational facility's culture, beliefs and practices before signing up your child for lessons. In general, a positive and relaxing environment will promote faster acquisition of the new tongue.

Encouraging your children to learn foreign languages will open a world of possibilities for them while boosting their metal capabilities. If you are uncertain about the right decisions on learning, consult an experienced educator for professional guidance. 


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Helping children to learn

It's so great to see children asking questions. I try and view childhood education as a process where they ask questions, and we work together to work out the answer. It's more important to know how to find answers than to know every countries names, or the height of the highest mountains in the world. If children can stay curious about their world, then they will keep learning and become powerful citizens. This site has my tricks for helping children and hot to encourage learning within day to day life, and within the formal education environment. I hope you enjoy!