How to Teach Kids Foreign Language Skills (at home)

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As we become bilingual, we expand our own access to communication.

  • Learn how to be flexible thinkers and problem solvers
  • Develop empathy and understanding of other perspectives
  • Have future job opportunities

Children understand that they don’t know everything.

1. Music

Whatever language you want your student learning, putting on music in the target language helps the brain connect the sounds with rhythms that make pattern recognition more likely.

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2. Shows

I suggest starting with cartoons because the mouth movements and sounds are easier to match and less distracting than watching overdubbing.

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3. Vocabulary Matching

This activity can be expanded to each room in the house and create days or weeks of learning.

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4. Conversation phrases

Look up the phrases in the new language and repeat them when you are doing the actions.

Let your child guide you in the pacing.

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5. Virtual teachers

But the real advantage of online learning is that it can be done from the comfort and safety of your own home.

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Born a Midwestern American, now a permanent Mexican resident. Outdoor adventurer, language enthusiast, and lover of classical music.

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Alicia Ruth Mendez

Alicia Ruth Mendez

Born a Midwestern American, now a permanent Mexican resident. Outdoor adventurer, language enthusiast, and lover of classical music.

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