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The Move Abroad and Teaching Your Child a Second Language

Nov 18. 2020

It’s a well-known phenomenon that children are more adept to picking up a second language than adults are and the ideal time to learn a second language is during childhood. It becomes significantly harder as we get older. However, we appreciate that many of the families that we move abroad are often eager to help their children pick up the language of their new destination. Learning the language can be a really important factor in them settling down and adjusting to the new home and school system.
Here are a few useful tips to help your child become bilingual:

1. Join in
Try not to make the acquisition of the language a sole endeavour for your child. It will help them far more if the entire family join in. It will seem to be a far more enjoyable and rewarding exercise for them. If you don’t embrace the language learning process yourself, children will pick up on their being negative connotations associated with speaking and listening to the ‘other’ language and shy away from it.

2. Make it social
If you can incorporate a social gathering of other children who speak the second language, your child will soon see the advantages of speaking the language to be able to interact with others and to make friends.

3. Make it fun
As with teaching a young child anything, the more fun you can make it, the more they’ll participate and the less they’ll be aware that they’re actually learning. Try to integrate elements of the language into as many different fun activities as you can, be this; playing games, watching TV programs or reading books.

4. Be a book worm
Take a look at the books on the market that are designed to encourage young readers who are making their first foray into a second language.

Take a look at our other blogs for more updates and advice on the process of planning a move abroad. Details of our international moving services can be found here and our International Moving Department can be contacted on 01902 714555 or via sales@burkebros.co.uk.

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