Language Stories

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

Unexpected benefits of being bilingual: creativity soars

Posted by Language Stars on Sep 13, 2017 3:20:35 PM

There are countless benefits to learning multiple languages. In addition to speaking a new tongue, studies show that kids who are multilingual excel in other subject areas, too, such as mathematics. It also helps them learn about diversity, which can in turn increase cultural understanding and empathy toward others.

These benefits are noteworthy, but there's another advantage less often discussed: increased creativity. Experts argue that learning a foreign language helps expand the mind in new and profound ways that allow for an explosion of creativity. 

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Topics: parenting, 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

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

How is it that kids can learn foreign languages so easily?

Posted by Language Stars on Jul 20, 2017 1:09:54 PM

Most people have heard that it's easiest to learn a foreign language when a person is still a child rather than waiting until they're a teen or an adult. However, many schools don't introduce regular language instruction until high school, missing out on a key opportunity.

Why do kids learn a language easier when they are younger? It appears the brain works differently during early childhood development. In fact, even babies have the incredible ability to recognize different sounds and learn multiple languages at once. 

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Topics: childhood development, foreign language, language

Easy ideas to promote cultural understanding in Chicagoland schools

Posted by Language Stars on Jun 22, 2017 3:14:22 PM

The classroom is the perfect first environment for kids to learn that the world is a diverse and wonderful place. Fostering curiosity, understanding and acceptance of different cultures won't only enhance students' relationships with each other, but it will prepare them to be global citizens as they grow.

Consider these easy ideas for teachers who want to integrate a higher level of cultural understanding into the classroom.

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Topics: foreign language, schools, language

3 essential reasons why we should teach kids new languages

Posted by Language Stars on Jun 12, 2017 11:35:29 AM

Currently, there are about 6,000 languages spoken around the world. By the end of the century, some experts predict there will only be several hundred.

English is quickly becoming the universal language. Even in countries with an official national language, English is frequently taught to kids and spoken fluently alongside their first language. English dominates the internet, with an estimated 52 percent of websites featuring the language (the second closest is Russian, with a mere 6 percent). What's more, new technology is being developed that is amazing at translating spoken voice into another language in real time.

Is there a reason to learn more than English these days? Absolutely.

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Topics: languages, childhood development, parenting, foreign language, language

The science behind play: when kids have fun learning comes naturally

Posted by Language Stars on Jun 9, 2017 11:26:41 AM

As parents, you want to give your kids the best possible start in life. The earlier they can master important educational skills, the better, right? Who wouldn't be proud if their child read ahead of their grade level or aced their algebra final?

However, increased pressure for kids to learn quickly from parents and the educational system is transforming the classroom. Many experts claim kindergarten is the new first grade, which means what you experienced growing up in elementary school is likely vastly different than what your kids are experiencing.

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Topics: languages, childhood development, parenting, foreign language, language

What is the language summer slide?

Posted by Language Stars on Jun 8, 2017 10:17:44 AM

Have you ever played a musical instrument, stopped and then started playing again six months later? How about exercise? Maybe you put a lot of time and energy into training for a 10K and then went into hibernation mode. In both cases, once you restarted your activity, you experienced the same challenges a student can face coming out of the summer slide. Here are three risks you should be mindful of when it comes to the language summer slide.

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language

8 popular hobbies for modern kids

Posted by Language Stars on May 19, 2017 8:36:04 AM

Do you have a hobby you love? If so, it has likely provided you with hours of entertainment and satisfaction throughout the years. A hobby can be anything you do simply because it's fun. It's the enjoyment a person gets from it that makes it so special and often something one does for years, even decades.

Of course, hobbies aren't just for adults. For kids, hobbies can be a wonderful way to pass time doing something they're passionate about. While just about anything can be considered a hobby, certain things are particularly popular with kids today. Let's dive in to explore eight hobbies that are trending now: 

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Topics: parenting, foreign language, language