Make learning Fun !
At Dino Lingo, we understand that young children do not have a focused goal to study a foreign language, which would ultimately enhance their immediate and long-term growth and development. A child's goal is to play and have fun. Children learn through repetition; it is for this reason Dino Lingo designed and created this simple, unique and fun-focused language-learning process. Our language-learning program appeals to the interests of young, developing minds. Through your encouragement and mentorship, as a caregiver, you facilitate and encourage exciting dialogue surrounding our language-learning program. You may find ways to reward your child as they learn a new word in each lesson. Dino Lingo language learning DVDs are separated into chapters so you can easily set the timing and learning schedule, which will fit seamlessly into your family's busy life. Your child will enjoy learning with Dino Lingo activities through your intimate participation. Interacting and having fun with our characters (e.g., telling them this DVD was given to you by a dinosaur, visiting the zoo and naming animals in the target language) will encourage your child to be enthusiastic about learning a new language.
Repeat with them
It has been proven over and over again that repetition is the greatest way to learn a new language. Watch the DVD together with your children, and repeat what is being said in concert. Children powerfully identify with their parents and caregivers involvement in their world of play. So, role model for them; seeing you share in this experience by repeating the words, songs, and jingles will increase their engagement, resulting in higher comprehension and more positive attitude towards learning a new language.
Watch & Interact with your young scholar
According to various studies, children who are accompanied by their caregivers while watching TV reported acquiring more information from the programming. This is mostly due to children's tendency to assign greater importance to activities, which are shared with their parents and caregivers. Additionally, in a study where children where split into two groups, both groups viewed the same video, Group A was asked questions about the video, in an effort to facilitate and encourage memory retention, while Group B was not asked any supplemental questions concerning the video they had just viewed. Both groups were then asked to take a test on the material covered in the video. Group A, which was asked questions after viewing the original video, scored significantly higher than Group B, which were asked no questions after the video. Other studies suggest the significance of co-viewing with peers and friends, as this allows children to interact during the show, paying attention to the program and each other, simultaneously. The Dino Lingo team has developed this language learning program as a valuable tool for parents and caregivers to benefit from, as they multi task during their busy day. We recognize that every moment with your child is a learning experience.
Limit lesson viewing time
We often ask our children to take small bites while eating and not to gobble down everything at once. Since children have shorter attention spans than adults, it is recommended that they take regular breaks while viewing the language learning DVDs, rather than viewing all episodes at once. They need breaks for various health reasons, but from an education standpoint, these essential breaks allow your child to digest the information to which they have just been exposed.
Pause & Quiz fun moments
There are mini quizzes at the end of each episode. We recommend that you watch these sections with your children and discuss the concepts being presented in a way in which your child can relate. Rewards and age-appropriate activities will increase your child's interest and reinforce the concepts to which they have been introduced. Dino Lingo language learning DVDs may be paused at any time, in order to facilitate dialogue between you and your child. Take the time to ask their thoughts on what is happening in the story; we encourage you to personalize the story and add references from your own perspective and daily lives. This is a fun process. Therefore, children must not be punished for their mistakes regarding the new language, as this will take the fun out of it. Play with them, give comments, and ask questions about the topics they have reviewed, in order to capture their attention and further deepen the bond between you and your child through the process of learning a new language. We encourage you to play bilingual family games or sing songs with your kid in order to make this process more enjoyable and immersive for the entire family.
Why should I teach my child a foreign language now?
There is convincing evidence, which suggests that children who learn a second language at an early age have a greater chance of succeeding with reading, vocabulary, and writing, throughout their academic and professional career. In addition, such children are more likely to develop healthier critical thinking and social skills, both significant advantages in life. Studies also show, bilingual students, including adult students, often achieve higher scores on standardized tests and college entrance exams. According to the 'American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages', ACTFL, learning a second language has a greater advantage for children both in the near and distant future, enabling them to easily interact with multinationals. This will be a definite competitive edge in the global business arena later in life. Please feel free to check out our blog for additional scientific resources on this topic.
Is 'The Immersion Method' really the best method?
There are more than 1000 studies in Canada that have investigated the effectiveness of 'the Immersion Method' and the answer is a resounding "Yes!" the Immersion Method is the best practice for learning a new language. Many studies have indicated that Immersion is also the best method for children to acquire a foreign language (Wode, 2001, ELIAS Studies). Today many major Universities including Harvard University, Columbia University and Stanford University use 'The Immersion method' in their language classes. On the other hand, 'The Immersion Method' may be ineffective if a child has low motivation due to disinterest. Therefore it is critical that the interest of children is initially sparked and then kept at a consistent level. Not only must children be engaged in learning activities, they must be entertained, in order to feel motivated towards learning a new language. Without focused interest, children may fail to make the first connections necessary to build foundations from the initial lesson. It is for this very reason that we have combined various child-centered learning techniques and principles in order to develop our own special Dino Lingo method. Combining songs, dancing figures, fast-moving objects, unique sounds, child-directed speech and vivid animations, all narrated by native speaking voice talent, our method captures the attention of young minds and engages them in an interactive learning adventure. This method is successful because (as any parent or teacher can attest) a love of animated, cuddly dinosaurs is universal with children the world over, as is a love of dancing and singing. Combine the two, and you are not only sure to get a child's attention, you are sure to keep it! Soon you will experience the rewarding feeling of pride that only seeing and hearing your child speak another language can bring!
Why is it easier for children to learn a foreign language than for adults?
It is easier for children to learn a new language because imitation and motor learning skills are enhanced during early childhood. Children are purely built to learn and absorb their surroundings. They are curious and interested in learning about life. It has also been proposed, in the science community, that the flexible muscular formation in a child's mouth enables a child to make new and different sounds and tones more effortlessly than an adult. According to recent studies, children can express an average of 2000 words when they are 5 years old (learning 2-5 new words a day) and may understand up to 14000 words by the time they reach their 6th year (learning 9 words a day). Scientists propose that children can learn how to speak a foreign language without an accent before puberty (before 13-14 years of age). It is nearly impossible to speak as a native speaker (without an accent) if the language is studied post puberty.
How can I help my child understand the material if I don't know the language?
Some parents may feel unable to support their children's learning process without prior knowledge the language being taught. It's an understandable concern. However, this is no cause for alarm. Dino Lingo provides a vocabulary book, which includes the contents of each DVD in the language-learning program. This will empower you with the tools to mentor and guide the learning process as the instructor to your child's language learning journey. You will be in full control the whole time. Additionally, our videos are available with captions in the target language. This will allow you to decide the speed of learning as you 'pause and rewind' to ask and answer your child's questions throughout the show. This learning program is designed with your experience and needs in mind. We know that as your child progresses through the program, you are there beside them. We appreciate that we must keep things simple and straightforward for our young students as well as their adult mentors.
From what age should my child learn a foreign language?
The earlier you start your child learning a new language, the more of a chance your child has to build foundations for which to build a deeper understanding of the target language. As early as 6 months is an ideal starting point, since language skills develop from birth. In fact, many experts agree that a baby will tune into sounds and tones while still in the womb. Amazing! Dino Lingo language learning programs appeal to young scholars from 2 years - 7 years of age. We strongly recommend limiting audio and visual exposure time to 10-20 minutes a day for children under the age of 2 years old. Also, please be sure to sit with them as much as possible during these fun-filled lessons. It'll surprise you how much you'll enjoy them too! Also, it's important to have you there alongside your child in order to bond as they share this extraordinary learning experience. In order to assist healthy cognitive development, caregivers must ensure that children interact with their environment through all five senses, instead of passively sitting in front of a TV set. Plenty of breaks for outside play, physical exercise, and one-on-one conversations with family and peers, is essential to a child's health, physical and social growth, and development.