Learning a foreign language is great for your brain, and it’s a useful skill to have later in life. The younger a person starts learning, the easier it is for them to become fully fluent in the language. So, if you are thinking of starting your kid on a foreign language, it’s definitely a great idea. The sooner they start, the better. But first, make sure to ask yourself the following three questions before you start them on any language learning program.
What Are the Best Resources For My Child?
Depending on where you live, there are a lot of different language learning resources you can choose from. Check for the options available at the child’s school, but don’t stop there. You can also check community centers, community colleges, and (if you’re near it) the embassy of the country whose language your child will be learning
In addition to the resources available in your area, you can of course check online. Some of the best resources are found online these days. For example, you can find excellent Finnish teachers who offer language tutoring through Skype. This is a convenient option if your child’s school doesn’t offer the language he/she will be learning. Most children benefit from interaction with a real person, and if you aren’t a native speaker yourself, an online tutor is one of the best ways to meet their needs.
What Kind of Learner is My Child?
Everybody learns differently. Some children learn better through visual information. Others learn better through games and activities. And others learn best by listening. Think about how your child absorbs information best, and choose a language learning program that is built around that. If they learn best by listening, for example, you might start with a set of audio tapes or an online tutor that they can listen to and speak with. If they learn better through activities, try an online language learning platform that offers games and puzzles to help your child absorb the information. No program will employ just one method exclusively, but it should at least be heavily focused on the learning method that best matches your child.
Am I Prepared to Study With Them?
Many of the most important skills a child will need in life are the ones they learn by example from their parents. Children naturally want to do the things you do. That rule applies in the reverse, as well. If you don’t exercise, why would they? If you don’t speak or at least study the language, why would they?
If you really want your child to learn another language, the best way to keep them motivated and on track is to learn it alongside them. So, make time to study and practice speaking with them. This way, both of you can start developing an invaluable new skill and strengthening your brains together!