Episode 11 | raising bilingual kids
“We reduce language to a subject in school, pass or fail… BUT, you can’t dissect language learning like a science project and expect that it will come back to life again.”
-Jessica on “Raising Bilingual Children”
There is no formula to raising bilingual children. In this episode Jessica talks philosophy of language learning and what you as a parent can do to encourage your child. She gives practical examples based on her own experience and the experience of hundreds of other parents that she has gathered data from. Listen to hear 4 tips of what to do and 5 tips of what not to do to encourage your child to become fluent in more than one language.
Why does learning a language require us to shift our mentality? What changes us about us when we learn a new language? What are the challenges for native English speakers to learn another language? And what are the reverse challenges of non-native English speaking parents who want their child to learn their mother tongue, but find their child immersed in an English speaking environment? Let’s start the discussion. Please comment and let us know what has worked for you and what your challenges are.
The Invisible India Podcast’s opening and closing music is performed by Christopher Hale on Sitar and Ed Hanley on Tabla.