At LIPP, we strongly believe that immersive education is the best way to teach young children a foreign language, thereby setting them up for success throughout their academic career. Our experienced teachers promise to provide the best instruction in Houston, teaching core academics in a foreign language so your child can better develop language skills at an early age. We understand that this idea is not common and the notion of sending your child to a language immersion school may seem odd. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions parents have prior to enrolling their child.
Won’t a different language confuse my child?
Young minds are incredibly adaptable and learning in a class taught in a different language than the one used at home can actually stimulate your child’s brain rather than causing confusion. Our teachers also help children transition to normal English language instruction by teaching part of the day in the chosen foreign language, and the rest in English. For five-year-olds transitioning to elementary school, this helps reduce and even eliminate confusion while continuing to further their understanding of a foreign language.
Shouldn’t they wait until high school to start a foreign language program?
Many adults have become fluent after starting a foreign language in high school, but the truth is, it’s easier to learn a foreign language at an early age. Rather than memorizing vocabulary lists and struggling to translate concepts they fully understand in English into a foreign language, young children are able to learn the concept in both languages with ease. For them, there is no translating; instead, they simply recognize an item or concept in both languages. Furthermore, complicated grammar rules are more easily mastered by young children. Remember, preschool is a time of intuitive learning!
Will they struggle with English outside of the classroom?
No. Most children make the transition from using their chosen language at school to using English at home with no difficulty. Your child will interact with you in whatever language you’re speaking. While they may occasionally use the wrong language to describe an item, it’s no different than you forgetting a word in the middle of the sentence. And if you’re concerned about growing their English vocabulary, consider reading new stories to them, or teaching them a new English word each week. Learning doesn’t have to stop outside of the classroom!
Immersive education is a great way to help your child learn a foreign language at an early age. Come see why LIPP has been recognized as a Top Rated Local® Language Immersion Preschool in Houston and enroll your preschooler today!