How long before my child starts speaking a second language?
Although research says that it takes something like 480 to 720 hours to learn a second language, it is difficult to give an exact answer.
We are all different and there are endless factors that condition our learning: time, interest, level of attention and dedication, etc.
So what can we expect from our children?
It is normal for children to feel a little confused at first and in general they go through some phases when learning a second language:
1 - They try to speak their own language.
2 - A period of silence when they understand that the language they are spoken to is not the same as theirs (some initial frustration can be expected.)
3 - Use of single words and expressions that they have memorized (often mixed with their mother tongue) and linguistic experimentation.
4 - More complex oral formations: They begin to build up the language.
And how can we encourage their learning?
They will learn faster and more effectively if they can:
⭐ Have as much contact with the language as possible: Families can support learning at home by interacting with children through movies, songs, stories and games in English.
⭐ Be in a learning environment that makes them feel comfortable, heard, valued and respected.
⭐ Learn in a context that values their interests and pace, through fun, dynamic and motivating activities.
Mastering a new language can take years.
At COLLAGE we prioritize creating a respectful environment, where everyone can feel safe to be the protagonist of their own learning process, in their own time. 💙
This is how we guarantee natural, real and effective learning. 🙌🏽