If neither parents speaks the language at home, this will not affect how your child learns a language since all children are in a sensitive period for a second language up until about 10-12 years old. However, when there is no representative of that language in the home environment, it simply takes longer to acquire the language. IMS provides enough language acquisition support at school that it should not be a problem if the parents do not speak French or Spanish. There are ways you can help even if you do not speak the second language. You can support your child by asking questions and being interested and involved in what (s)he learns. It is important not to be too demanding or have unrealistic expectations because every child develops at his/her own pace.
If neither parent speaks the language, will this affect how my child learns French or Spanish?
Posted by IMSweb on December 30th, 2009