Commonly used resources:
While certainly not required, outside of school hours, we encourage all families to further their child’s second language learning. Some ways you can do this are:
If possible, read books with your child in their second language.
Listen to your child read to you in the second language.
Purchase books on tape that your child can listen to in their second language.
Attend events and activities with your child where the second language will be spoken.
Arrange playdates with other children who speak the same second language.
Listen to music in the second language in your car and home.
Travel to communities and/or countries where your child can have exposure to the second language.
Check out books and audio CDs in the second language from local libraries.
Purchase children’s computer software, educational games or apps to reinforce the second language.
Participate in extra-curricular activities that provide additional exposure to the second language.
Search the Internet for websites that can provide your child with extra practice in the second language.
Start a children’s conversation group to gain additional practice in the language.
Subscribe to a book club that will deliver a new book or magazine in the second language each month to your child.
Hire a tutor to help your child practice in their second language.
The key to maintaining and accelerating a student’s language skills is through exposure and repetition.
There are many great resources available to enhance your child’s language learning during the school year or during the summer break months.
The Internet makes the world a little smaller, bringing other language and cultural experiences to our homes. Local organizations and libraries are a great place to find language resources and interact with others around a common culture.