Parental support throughout the educational process is the most important way to help your child learn the second language. You should place an equal amount of importance on both languages concerning grades and homework. Continually demonstrate to your child how curious you are about what he is learning. Simple things can be done that will go a long way in reinforcing the second language. Relate the language learning to fun experiences. Immerse your child in the second language through an activity that (s)he particularly enjoys is a great way to reinforce his second language. This can be accomplished by establishing close friends and playmates for your child who speak the second language natively. You can invite a native-speaking friend for a play date. Your child would also benefit tremendously from visiting the friend’s house where the language is spoken natively. If your child develops close bonds with these native-speaking children, it reinforces the language in a fun environment with a positive learning experience. Our summer camps can also be very helpful for reinforcing the language, especially over long breaks. Camps to consider include theater camps or those taking place in a country where your child’s second language is the native language. Traveling in a foreign country is also a good experience for the child, especially when your child can serve the important role of translator for the family. Watching videotapes in the second language will also help reinforce the language and assist with the learning process. Most DVDs allow you to choose the language you watch the movie in.
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Posted by IMSweb on December 30th, 2009