How to support language learning at home

It can be difficult to assist your child in learning a language, especially if you do not speak the language being taught. Nevertheless, there is a variety of simple things that could be done at home in order to maximise progress and ensure that your child develops strong language learning skills for their future.

  • Help your child make time to practice. Learning a language is like learning to play an instrument, says Paula Patrick, foreign language coordinator for the Fairfax County, Va., public schools. There needs to be time to practice. The following apps also have websites to support your child in any available format: 
  • Quizlet
  • Cram
  • Duolingo
  • Memrise

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  • Have your child teach you to say something in the language every day. Explaining is learning. Let your child laugh at your mangled pronunciation - and correct you.


  • Provide videos, books and music in the language.  Ask the teacher for suggestions before you buy to make sure the resources are geared toward a young learner rather than an adult business traveler. Apps such as “news is slow French” and websites such as “coffee break French” are excellent.

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