Back to School – How do I keep up the minority language?

Have your kids started school and you feel like the minority language is getting a hit?

Your children have returned to school and all the progress they have made during the summer with their minority language(s) seems to be vanishing in front of your eyes. No worries as soon as you are back in an environment where your kids need to speak the minority language, their language skills will pop back into action as quickly as you thought they had lost them.

But what can you do during the school year to keep up their minority language skills?

TALK

Talk, talk, talk as much as you can, even if they answer in the “wrong” language. They understood you, correct? That is the most important step. Don’t stop and continue using the language around them whenever you can.

BOOKS

Read aloud to them. Reading aloud is helpful at any age, even if they are proficient readers. My 10 year old still enjoys being read aloud sometimes. This has two benefits:

  1. You have some quality time together
  2. You can explain the words they don’t know

MOVIES

Not the best, as a language needs interaction. However, if they understand a full length movie or TV show in the target language – hey that is impressive! For them the benefit is that they are allowed to watch TV, the pro for you, they are watching it in their minority language.

FAMILY NIGHTS

Games, dinner together, cooking together, sports, just having fun is always bonding and you are using the minority language. Even if one of the parents does not speak the minority language, why not let the kids translate.

FRIENDS

Friends are always helpful and kudos if they have kids that speak the minority language well. We have Spanish Barbecues at home about once a month. The kids actually end up speaking Spanish most of the time, even though all speak perfect English.


Bilingual, Personalised Books by TimTimTom!

TimTimTom Personalised Bilingual Books - the perfect gift for your child

A personalised, bilingual underwater adventure that will spark your kid’s imagination and language ability.

You can personalise name and look of child and choose two out of ten available languages.

TimTimTom – Playfully Reading and Learning Languages

 

by TimTimTom .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *