Following on from our previous blog about the 5 stages stages of second language acquisition, we'd like to share 3 common mistakes parents can unwittingly make when trying to ensure that their child's language learning goals are achieved.
How quickly a child progresses through the stages of learning a second language depends on a number of factors including their level of formal education in the language and their family background. Understanding that their child is going through a predictable and sequential series of developmental stages helps parents to recognise and avoid these mistakes and maintain their child’s enthusiasm and motivation for learning a second language.
1. Correcting them too much: Children that are corrected too much in their second language will be reluctant to speak out of fear they will say something wrong. Some correction in the form of guidance is okay, but don’t correct every single thing they say wrong.