There’s this long held belief that’s been around for many, many years about languages, learning & being multilingual. Understanding the truth has the potential to revolutionize how you approach language teaching and how your students experience success.
The myth is this: Humans learn languages.
It seems so basic, right? Such a simple concept but language is not a skill that can be learned....... wait, what?!
Speech delay? Late talker? Not sure? Many of us aren’t. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 5% of kids ages 3-17 in the United States have struggled with a speech disorder in the past 12 months. That’s 1 out of every 20 kids! It’s no wonder that I get asked about speech disorders and language acquisition as often as I do! Lately though, it’s come up a lot more often so let’s talk about it! I want to set straight some common misconceptions…
Remember when you first decided to venture out on this journey to create multilingual kids? Regardless of whether it was 8 years ago or yesterday, my guess is that you had a reason and a goal for where they would end up.
So what was your reason? Did you want them to communicate with family, travel with ease or have better career opportunities? Maybe you wanted them to be able to learn languages easier later in life or you simply wanted them to experience the cognitive benefits of a bilingual brain. Whatever your reason, they would need fluency in the language, right?
….but what does fluency even mean? It might not be what you expect.
Are you ready for some Tips & Tricks that every language learner should know about???
YouTube is an absolute gold mine for language learners!!! But not just because you can find engaging videos in so many different languages. YouTube also has a few key features that make it especially amazing....
Let's get started!
Hello! Hola! Bonjour! 你好！
I’m so excited that you’re here! This is my first blog post but definitely not my first experience teaching others about language acquisition. (Did you notice that I didn't say 'language learning'? More on that another day!) I'm passionate about helping you teach and acquire languages better.
Hey! I'm Bridgette!