Language Teaching tips for children

Tips on language learning and teaching for kids.

Motivation

It’s extremely important that kids have motivation to learn a new language. How to increase their motivation is not as difficult as you might think. You can simply do the following;

Rewards

Offer your child rewards for learning extra words or phrases. (e.g. a trip to a restaurant, or his/her favorite place to go, such as zoo, museum, playground or an amusement park)

Surprises

Especially for small children, surprises are proven to increase motivation. When you play surprise games, your child will be empowered to maintain contact with ‘the world’. For example, turn their favorite cuddly toy into puppet that speaks in the new language.

Fun & games

Playing games like hide and seek by counting in the new language, flash card games, online memory or matching games, puzzles, board games using the new language words will do the trick. read more

Keep it short and simple

Both adults and children alike will automatically lose interest if tasks are too difficult. So, keep it simple and easy. Play with a few easy words to build their confidence and they will develop a curiosity for the other new words in time. Monitor their level of interest as you go along.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice makes perfect. Practicing the new words they have heard as they get along with their daily activities is easy, fun and an empowering way to build on their new language skills.

Flash cards & posters

Flash cards are easy, clear and very effective. Similar to Dino Lingo motion images, flash cards work by creating object-sign associations in your child’s brain after a short period of exposure. You can also play all sorts of learning games with flash cards and posters, such as “find the image” or “show me …. ” or “what is this?” etc…

Cartoons & motion images

Children love watching cartoons. In Dino Lingo programs while our animations are capturing your child’s imagination, he/she will learn new words and phrases.

How to raise a bilingual child?

Storybooks

If your child already knows some words and phrases in the new language, we suggest you purchase age appropriate storybooks to read along with them. If he/she doesn’t know any words, you can still read their favorite storybooks by replacing the words in the new target language.

Music & songs

Music is universal and there are many age appropriate CD’s available online geared toward child audiences. Turn your car into a mini music studio by playing children’s CD’s and play background music in your home that facilitates your child’s learning and development. Studies have shown that even background music can increase children’s vocabulary.

Talking with native speakers

One of the best ways of practicing a new language is giving your child opportunities to interact with native speakers. A fun family activity is to visit a place where the target language maybe spoken such as a restaurant, a supermarket or a cultural center, etc.

Test & quiz

Speak to your child in the new language and/or learn along with them as a student. Ask them questions in the new language like “what is this ? ” and point to the object. Kids also love to draw pictures, so plan an art class with them by asking them to draw the objects you are saying to them in the target language. Always remember to reward your child for doing their best.read more

King & Mackey , 2007, (p267) gave some other examples on how to motivate children to learn a 2nd language

How to motivate children to learn a second language

How to motivate children to learn a second language

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30 thoughts on “Language Teaching tips for children

  1. Brilliant blog post. I think I am going to start reading your blog from now on. I am starting a project involving teaching French to pre-schoolers. Eventually I want to create a bilingual book.

    If you have any tips, links or blog to suggest…then message me! I am following you on twitter!

  2. why do you not have Gaelige (Irish)

    Roibeárd

  3. All ’round amazingly written piece!!!

  4. I’m going to follow you, as well. I want to learn Irish when it comes available!

  5. This is great blog I’ve ever read because I’m a big fans of languages learning and this blog is really helpful. Great job dino lingo! Keep it up <3

  6. Wish I’d had that advice when my kids were little. Great ideas to start them when they’re little.

  7. You guys are awesome, this is an amazing blog. Thank you.

  8. does anyone know of any downloadable kids games stes for 7 onwards, must be educational as my children are scared when asked dirctly questions or told things???

  9. Do you have anything to teach an English speaking child the Norwegian language?

    1. Hi Emma, thank you for your message, unfortunately we don’t have Norwegian language program for kids. Best

  10. Amazing set! My son is glued to the TV and loved every second of it. We are playing it 5-6 times a day.. Awesome way of learning a language for kids! Thanks DinoLingo

  11. I am so loving this program. It has a catchy beat that my daughter, would love! Any time a song with a nice beat comes on ( it doesn’t matter what type of music it is) she is jammin. She start nodding her little head and waving her little hands and she tries to hum along.

    Carlita

  12. I’ve been trying to learn japanese for years and knew i wanted my son to learn also. I played japanese song i found on youtube often while i was pregnant and since he turned 3 months he has been alert and watching the youtube videos and tv (sprout). I know the body parts in japanese and he loves when i point to them on his and say them. Now he is 7 months and i’m looking for tv shows and games to teach him, and myself, more japanese. And I see i’ll have to get this. He watched the ‘animals’ video preview you have up five times. Its not often a 6/7 month old sit still without touching or fussing, more so my son. lol

  13. Wonderful post and very usufel tips, thank you!
    I am a cross cultural coah, and many times I have had to coach entire familes for relocation to a foriegn country.
    Next time I work with kids- I will use these tips for sure!!
    All the best,
    Tanya Light,
    Small-Talk
    Israel.

  14. thank you for helping me with my italian prodject at first i felt lost but now im not

  15. Hye dear,
    there are some DVDs available here which helps to kids to learn basic maths this maths learning DVDs are you can buy from online. with that kids can learn basic maths like addition, subtraction, times tables etc………………..

  16. You really tick some great boxes for language learning – fun, rewards, flashcards, speaking with native speakers…all proven to be great ways to boost language learning. Great blog and thanks for dropping by my blog too!

  17. My daughter loved it. And learned some new words from the Spanish language. She loved It and had a great time with it. I may if enough money invest in a few languages for my children to learn. This is a great product. Thanks.

  18. I found out about this wonderful product through my MOM VOXBOX from INFLUENSTER…a great was to incorporate a learning program into a interesting and fun way to learn a language. We used the one for Spanish. My kids loved this, and so did we!

    1. I am currently fiiishnng up my BA in Child Development and Family Studies and thus far I have only work with children from 2 weeks to adolescent while helping support their families. The Physician that I would want to work under is an Obstetrics (OB) because they are in direct contact with pregnant women and their children during pregnancy. I would choose this particular specialty for a variety of reason such as having the opportunity to see individuals become parent for the first time, seeing how much love is surrounded in the process, being there to help the mothers while there in a vulnerable state. One of my main reasons is because I think that the whole birthing process is fascinating and to be able to be a part of family’s lives while going through this process, I imagine to be extremely rewarding.A of physician specialty that I would least want to work with would be a psychiatrist. Although I believe that psychiatrist do some spectacular work and help a lot of people through difficult situations I personally believe that this job would be to emotionally draining and overwhelming for me. This makes me question whether or not I would be able to handle it. When I set out to do a job my goal is to do the best that I can and I don’t feel that I could successfully do this job to the best of my ability.

  19. Hi,
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  20. Having Bilingual children is a massive plus these days, it is so much easier to learn a language from a younger age so starting off children young gives then a real head start in life. More people should try and teach their children!

  21. Songs & Cartoons are a fun way to learn a language.
    I came across your blog which I found it interesting, and thought of sharing with you animated songs that we have produced for children in Spanish. “Colita Rosita” is the name of the DVD. You can check out a few of our animation videos on youtube.
    El Lobo- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmXG4ZIwZMU
    La Navidad- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrM-j6pZjm4
    Feliz Cumpleanos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwyD8HlEeO0
    Hope you enjoy it!
    Thank you.

  22. isn’t this crazy! my little baby sister is like whatevs

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