Life in the UK
Bilingualism in the Family
by Veatriki Poulou
- Can I raise a child abroad? And if yes, should I send my children in a Greek school or in a British one? And if my husband or wife is not Greek then what? How many languages we are going to speak at home? What is the best for them? All these questions are often in everyone’s mind in terms of family issues and children’s education abroad. Scientists strongly believe that raising a child abroad and talking to him in many languages is the best for their education and personality.
What is Bilingualism?
- Bilingualism (or more generally: Multilingualism) is the phenomenon of speaking and understanding two or more languages. The term can refer to individuals (individual bilingualism) as well as to an entire society (social bilingualism). Studies have proved that bilingualism could be beneficial for children’s development and their future and by getting exposed in different languages are in touch with foreign cultures, people and views. Bilingual persons tend to read and speak faster, and it is also easier for them to learn another language later on
Seven Smart Ways to Help your Children Adopt to the Foreign Reality
There are several ways that you can handle this situation at home and help your children adapt to the foreign reality without forgetting how to speak Greek or whatever language both or one of the parents speaks.
1. OPOL : One Parent One Language. This is the method that I use at my job. In this method the parent speaks his native language with the child wherever they are (at home, public place). It’s my favorite method as, I think, this way the child learns more efficient and quicker two or three or even more languages at the same time and she knows with which adult to speak each language. Around the age of 4, he will switch languages accordingly and very quickly! You will be impressed by their communication skills! You just have to be consistent and specific with this method. bilingualkidspot.com