Language Stories

10 simple ideas for introducing foreign language learning to toddlers

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 19, 2017 1:28:53 PM

Numerous studies have found that it's easier for children to learn a second language than for them to wait until adulthood to do so. Kids' brains function differently than those of adults, so they are simply better able to absorb different aspects of language learning. Their minds are truly like little sponges!

Knowing this, many parents' logical next question is: At what age should I teach my child to be multilingual?

The answer: A child is never too young to begin learning different languages.

In multilingual households, babies are exposed to different languages starting the day they are born. As children grow, so do the opportunities to learn. Language Stars classes begin when tots are age 12 months or older, helping them to gain foreign language skills simultaneously as they naturally learn the English language at this age.

Toddlers' natural curiosity makes language learning a truly magical experience. Patient parents who go slow and focus on the fundamentals will be rewarded with accelerated early childhood development.  To support your child's progression toward becoming multilingual, try these 10 language activities for toddlers at home:

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Topics: childhood development, parenting, foreign language

Today and tomorrow: Foreign language skills matter

Posted by Language Stars on Oct 10, 2017 8:53:53 PM

No matter how much you believe in the importance of foreign-language education, there will always be naysayers. Common arguments include the idea that technology will communicate for us, making multilingualism obsolete. Others point to English being the world's language, so why should we worry about learning anything else? Others think foreign language is simply too complex for kids to learn.

Realistically, language skills today matter more than ever before. Here are some intriguing reasons why becoming multilingual will benefit your child now and well into the future:

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language

Why learn a foreign language? Studies help educators make their case

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 28, 2017 6:00:13 PM

 

The majority of teachers understand the importance of learning a foreign language. However, in many schools foreign language instruction doesn't exist, barely exists or is threatened with cuts due to financial constraints.

This bleak outlook is heartbreaking to educators who want to grow diverse and well-rounded students. Advocating for foreign language instruction can be difficult, but knowing some facts about why it's so important to youth can help you win your argument.

Whether you're an educator facing a skeptical administration, budget cuts from the school board or just trying to convince critical parents, here are some studies that prove the benefits of learning a foreign language can't be ignored.

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Topics: foreign language, Educator

The importance of teaching a global mindset to young children

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 22, 2017 4:06:32 PM

Most parents want their children to grow up to be smart, successful, caring adults. Teaching the skills that contribute to these characteristics starts early on. You teach babies to share. You teach your toddler empathy. You teach your preschooler to respect others. You teach your kindergartner to read.

When skills like these are present and emphasized, a child grows up to flourish in these areas. You would never wait until your child is a teen to teach addition or listening skills, so why do so many schools wait so long to introduce foreign language classes and teach children about having a global mindset

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Topics: parenting, foreign language

How can parents reinforce their child's foreign language learning?

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

If your kids are learning a foreign language at a young age, congratulations! You've taken the first step in giving them an edge in life. Not only will your child speak multiple languages, but studies show bilingual children may reach developmental milestones faster and excel higher in other academic subjects when compared to their peers.

As a monolingual parent you can support your child's language development in many ways. Of course, if you speak the language being taught, it's much easier to support their education. However, even if you don't, you can take positive steps to help them succeed.

Here are five parenting tips to support your children as they learn a world language.

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language

10 parent myths about learning a foreign language

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 21, 2017 1:07:42 PM

Does my child really need to learn a foreign language if everyone speaks English? Won't it be difficult for a child to learn another language? Doesn't technology make being multilingual obsolete?

Questions like these are common among parents; however, they stem from popular misconceptions that are simply untrue. As you research kids' foreign language classes, it's smart to get the facts so you don't get distracted by common language learning myths. 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language

10 reasons Language Stars should top your enrichment activity list

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 16, 2017 1:22:45 PM

Flashcards. Online exercises. Listening and repeating audio tapes. A lot of typical foreign language instruction isn't just ineffective, it's plain old boring!

Learning a new language should be an enjoyable experience. For kids, it must be fun, engaging and memorable. If it's not, kids won't be able to retain the information required to become multilingual. What's more, they're likely to complain a whole lot to Mom and Dad.

Language Stars is different than what many people expect. When a young student starts a class, they are immersed in a world of fun cultural teachings. Each class is a new and exciting adventure. Every week brings big smiles and memorable experiences for both students and parents.

Why is the experience with Language Stars so unique? Here are 10 reasons why Language Stars is a top children's enrichment program. 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language

Does speaking a foreign language make people feel differently?

Posted by Language Stars on Aug 10, 2017 11:30:47 AM

Can speaking a different language make you feel differently about yourself or your surroundings? Research suggests yes.

Just like the clothes you wear can affect how you feel, it turns out the language you speak has a similar effect. One language may make you feel more confident and authoritative, while another may make you feel more elegant and sophisticated. 

Nairan Ramírez-Esparza, an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Connecticut, led a study in which bilingual Mexican Americans took a personality test in English and Spanish. In the English version of the test, they scored higher in extroversion, agreeableness and conscientiousness.

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Topics: childhood development, parenting, foreign language

How to decide what foreign languages your kids should learn

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 27, 2017 3:34:38 PM

It's no secret, new language acquisition is beneficial during early childhood development. It doesn't matter the language—when a child is multilingual, it provides a bounty of benefits. If you're researching educational options that teach foreign language for kids, you're already on the right path to giving your child a gift that will last a lifetime.

Learning another language helps the mind to think differently. Your child not only benefits from knowing several languages, but this manner of thinking can help them in other subject areas, too. Often, multilingual children do better in math, science and music. Helping children to learn a new language is like giving them an edge at school and beyond.

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language, language

5 teacher tips to inspire curiosity and innovation in your classroom

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 21, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Every teacher knows learning is a process. With younger students it can be difficult to keep them engaged and excited about new topics. This is why great teachers are always seeking new ways to inspire curiosity and innovation.

To enhance your classroom so it's a safe space for curiosity and a natural environment for learning, consider these smart ideas.

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Topics: foreign language, schools