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