How to Teach Your Child a Foreign Language

Enhance Learning at Home

While classes can provide a good foundation for language learning, you'll want to reinforce the concepts at home. Here are some ways to keep the spirit alive:

  • Introduce your child to foreign-language picture books, videos, tapes, CDs, and TV shows geared toward young children.
  • Search the Web for foreign-culture sites -- like Paris.org -- that can be viewed in English and a foreign language.
  • Walk through the ethnic foods department of a supermarket and look at labels; also sample native foods in restaurants and at home.
  • Label household objects in a foreign language, and practice identifying them.
  • Invite guests who are fluent in other languages.
  • Help your child find an overseas pen pal.

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