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Focus on the Proper Language Training of Children

Language Training for Children

Language Training for Children

Multi-lingual households  present a great learning experience for children  to deepen and broaden         the dimensions of their thinking through exposure to meaningful dialogues and cross-cultural best practices.  Unfortunately, many well-meaning parents tend to limit the opportunities for their children by exposing them to only one language instead of providing copious intellectual reference with the use of two languages or more.

 

TalkShop,  the leading communication consultancy, adheres to the importance of “input flooding” in both classroom and home learning.  This is a type of form-focused instruction that supplies the child with varied materials and relevant references to enhance his appreciation and mastery of  different languages.

Courses for children range from public speaking, confidence building, creative writing, grammar mastery, conversation expertise, pronunciation practice, speed reading, vocabulary enhancement, to personality development and fine dining skills. The language programs are also not limited to English. TalkShop houses language teachers who are  also native speakers of the most commonly learned foreign languages like Spanish, Mandarin, Nippongo.

TalkShop CEO Sheila Viesca,  pioneer of Integrated Language Teaching (ILT), explains, “Children’s competence in a second language can be greatly achieved  before the onset of puberty.  There is a time frame during which language learning is easy and fluid.  This explains how we can see remarkable proficiency improvements in children when they are exposed to the right language training and materials.  The capacity to achieve full competence seems to decline gradually though, usually getting completed at the age of sixteen.”

She adds, “There may be social factors that result in some learners not being subjected to this critical period.  It can also be attributed to linguistic intelligence complimented by favorable social conditions.  However,  majority of the language learners who start mastering their first language or learning new ones after puberty are unable to achieve the full competence in either grammar or pronunciation.  At TalkShop, we aim to help parents learn to teach their children better.”

TalkShop adheres to certain concepts of language learning and gives tips on how parents in multi-lingual households can train their children best and even help their teachers ensure  proper language training that guarantees optimum learning:

 

 

1.  ACCOMMODATION THEORY   (Howard Giles)

This theory states that social factors and varied environmental experience influence the extent to which children may seek to make their speech similar or dissimilar to the speech of their immediate family and acquaintances.

WHAT HAPPENS:  Social acceptance motivates children to adapt the language styles and patterns of those they are frequently interacting with.

TALKSHOP TIP:  Create an environment that is accepting and fun so that children may adapt as they get motivated to contribute as active members of their family or group.

 

 

2. BACKSLIDING (Selinker)

This is a tendency that may occur when children employ a rule that belongs to an earlier stage of development than their current stage.

WHAT HAPPENS: When children learn a second or third language language, they naturally compare the patterns to the first language they learned.

TALKSHOP TIP:  Give progressive, interactive exercises to children. Choose those that will help them recognize the right structures as they are modeled and repeated.  This way,  feedback can by given automatically as part of the interaction, instead of an emphasis on the errors made.

 

 

3. COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT (Stephen Krashen)

That part of the language that the child understands and is deemed necessary for efficient learning to take place.

WHAT HAPPENS: Children learn language best when it is  presented in meaningful,  situational contexts.

TALKSHOP TIP:  Advance the proficiency of children by talking to them sensibly in a language that they can understand, using situations that they experience, and ideas they can confidently engage in.

 

The proper language training of children require knowledge, commitment, and sensibility.  When done right and early enough,  multi-lingual children become more motivated and adept at learning.  Without the right opportunities, or worse, with the wrong exposure, they may become impeded instead of guided.

 

TalkShop leads the way.  If you are a parent, a guardian, or an educator who wants the best for your child, let us help.

TalkShop is the only ISO-certified, Civil Service accredited training institute.  TalkShop program designs cater to all ages and customized to suit inpidual requirements and learning styles.

www.talkshop.ph | TESL Philippines | info@talkshop.ph  0917 853 5588   894 5588

Posted by TalkShop
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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