Ways To Support Your Child’s Language Learning At Home
Mandarin is considered a handy language to learn, not just because of its relevance in Singapore, but also its place in the global marketplace. Hence, it is no surprise that many parents sign their kids up for Mandarin classes – even those whose mother tongue is not Chinese!
If you’ve enrolled your child in Mandarin classes, or are planning to in the near future, you might be concerned about how you can support your child in their learning. This is especially so if you are not a fluent Chinese speaker!
Well, we’re here to let you know that it is possible to give your child a nurturing environment for learning Chinese even at home! Read on for some tips you can follow!
1. Learn with your child
There’s no better way to show your support than to learn alongside your child! Let the kids see that learning is a lifelong pursuit, and show them that making mistakes is all part and parcel of learning. You can enrol in an adults Mandarin class, or even pick up bits and pieces along the way from your child’s learning materials – after all, they are meant for beginners!
Being present to engage in Mandarin-related activities like reading or conversations helps your child feel less alone, and makes them associate Chinese with more positive emotions. Of course, this also lets them have plenty more practice opportunities.
2. Increase Chinese exposure at home
The best way to learn a language is to fully immerse in it. But when that is not possible, you can try your best to make the home Chinese language-friendly! You can consider labelling items at home with their Chinese names, so that your child can familiarise themselves with the characters.
Another good idea is to dedicate certain times of the day or days of the week to engage in Chinese media. This means reading only Chinese books, watching Chinese kid’s shows, and listening to Chinese children’s songs or nursery rhymes during these times. You’ll be surprised at how this works so well – truly, children’s brains work like sponges!
3. Encourage Chinese use
Learning a language is all about the practice. When this gets difficult at home, you can help your child find avenues to do so. Perhaps you have a family friend or relative who can speak the language – get in touch and ask if they would be open to being a pen-pal to your child.
Or if your child has a Chinese class, you can encourage them to chat with their friends in Mandarin, whether they prefer to do so in text or calls. Beyond all these, it is most crucial to be supportive of your child when they speak the language, and take away any fears they have concerning learning a new language.
With these tips, we hope you won’t feel daunted about letting your child learn Mandarin. Surely, there are so many ways you can support your child through their learning journey, and you can make it an incredible bonding platform for you and your child as well! To learn Chinese in Singapore is a splendid opportunity, due to the vast proportion of Chinese speakers here. So, take the chance, and discover the wonders of Chinese language with your child today!