Teaching Community

Start Free Trial

What is the best way to teach foreign langauge to children under 5 years old?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

(eNotes educators may only answer one topic per response. If you need more help, please resubmit separate topics.)

The best way to teach foreign language to young children would be to not treat it as a foreign language that is being specifically taught. If the youngster is surrounded with persons using the language as a common means of communication, the child will acquire the new language in the same way as s/he learned to speak his/her first language - by hearing it, seeing results of using it, and imitating what has been heard and seen, receiving reinforcement for correct usage and instruction as necessary to shape incorrect pronunciation or word use. Infants who grow up in homes with two parents, each consistently speaking a different language to the child, learn both languages and become comfortably bilingual.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial