Does your child speak a foreign language? Enroll your child in a foreign language course, and she will thank you for it.
Children already have so much to study in school, that adding another subject by encouraging her to take up a foreign language not presently taught in school may seem like adding to that burden. So most parents prefer that their
child spend time in non-academic related extra-curricular activities
such as music or tennis. However, remember that at a very young age a
child doesn't really have a lot of studying to do, and a new language can very easily be accommodated in their schedules. In addition, younger children are able to grasp a new language very easily. So, you don't need to wait until your child starts learning a foreign languagein school before enrolling her for classes. Consider starting her off now.
The biggest hurdle to learning a new language
is the entire process of finding a good course, enrolling and taking
out the time to attend classes. You will find that as your child grows
older, her schedule will be more and more packed. At a young age,
however, children in India often have so much free time on their hands
that they get bored and don't know what to do with themselves. Also, at
a younger age, your child is less likely to have a hectic social
schedule that will distract him from his extra-curricular activities.
Exposure to a foreign language
can benefit your child in numerous ways, especially if you know your
child will learn the language in a higher class. 10-year-old Shweta's
mother knew that Shweta would be learning French in school,
starting from the 8th standard. In Naina's building there lived a lady
who taught French to older school-going kids appearing for their board
examinations. Naina first asked her daughter if she would like to learn
the language, and when her daughter seemed enthusiastic, Naina spoke
with the tutor and asked if she could send her daughter to learn
elementary French. The tutor agreed, and soon Shweta started her French
lessons. Every time she got home, she was eager to share with Naina all
that she had learnt. By the time Shweta reached the 8th standard a few
years later, she was far, far ahead of the rest of the class. She also
scored very well in French, and this greatly increased her
self-confidence and interest in the language. Shweta now speaks French
fluently, and her knowledge of the language opened new doors for her,
that lead straight to Paris!
The most obvious job for someone fluent in a foreign language is that of a translator. However, this is not the only job opportunity available. Knowledge of a foreign language
is an asset in numerous other fields as well ranging from hospitality
to banking, and if your resume shows that you are fluent in a foreign language, your child will have an edge over others.
Many children and adults are fascinated by new languages, and will
willingly soak up all they can. It is thus important that you don't
push your child into learning a foreign language. Only enroll your child in lessons if she shows an interest.
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