Eaton Academy Spanish
I hope I find you in good health during these stressful times. I am reaching out to you today to make you aware of some more resources available for learning a new language and to give you some advice on how to encourage language learning at home.
First, thank you to all the parents who have signed up their kids for my Duolingo classroom. Although Spanish is not considered a core class, it is a part of a well-rounded education.
There are many reasons why learning a language is beneficial. Language learning improves cognitive skills, fosters empathy, and improves tolerance and creativity just to name a few. It’s not just about learning a new language, it is about learning to connect with and understand other cultures in an increasingly global world.
How do I keep my child motivated to learn a new language?
- The first thing is telling them why learning a new language is important. It must be meaningful to them or they will always think of it as a chore.
- Although this may sound cliché, attitude is everything. Make learning a language a positive emotional experience.
- Encourage them to practice every day. It can be as simple as using greetings/good-bye words learned in class, singing a song in Spanish, or repeating things they have learned like the numbers, alphabet, colors, phrases etc.
- Use online resources to listen to podcasts, read books, and watch videos to improve language skills. There are many resources for learning a language online that are free, especially during this time.
- Learn along with them! What better way to encourage a new language than to be able to experience it with them. Having a partner to practice new language skills at home is a bonus as well.
Students often become very frustrated when learning a language because nothing makes sense at first, and they don’t feel that they are improving. It takes time and practice to acquire a new language. Keep encouraging their progress and celebrate their accomplishments however small they may be.
Please contact me at any time with any questions or concerns. Take care and be safe!
The following are some more resources for learning Spanish.
Salsa Spanish- Online video stories for kids. https://www.gpb.org/salsa/term/episode
Habla Videos- Learn Spanish from you-tubers from Mexico and Peru talking about kid-friendly topics.
Spanish Language Versions of Cartoons- Educational television series with characters that repeat what they say in English and Spanish.
Super Simple Español- Childrens' songs in Spanish (K-2)
Basho and Friends- A fun way to learn Spanish with videos, songs, lyrics, and lessons.
Señor Jordan- Learn Spanish with storytelling videos, grammar-based lessons and popular topics.
Rockalingua- Offering Free live classes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Online Free Spanish- An excellent set of free activities for children learning Spanish. Activities are arranged by levels 1-4 and categories.
ABCYA- (On the search button type Spanish Word Bingo or Step Right Up!-Spanish Vocabulary) Free educational games website organized by grade level (k-5) and subject area.