Advice on Introducing a Second Language to Children The question often becomes a matter of how best to expose a child to a second language. The most effective method of introducing a child to another language is one that is, unfortunately, not available to every household.
How to Introduce a Second Language to a Child Languages come easily to many children, especially if they start young. Bilingualism will give them opportunities to communicate with a broader range of people around the world, and will serve them well throughout their lives.
Introducing a Second Language Learning language skills is one of the most important developmental stages for toddlers. Toddlers are highly receptive to learning and introducing a second language can only increase their learning capacity.
BRINGING UP BABY--BILINGUALLY Indeed, the potential benefits of speaking more than one language are enormous. It can not only broaden a child's understanding and acceptance of other cultures but also improve comprehension skills in English. Research suggests that learning a second language at an early age can enrich mental development.
Jim Cummins' Web Dealing with Second Language Learning Since 1980, I have presented, on average, 12-15 keynote/invited plenary presentations and more than 40 workshops annually to educators on topics related to language learning, bilingual education, English as a second language, multicultural education, special education, technology and education, and educational reform.