When parents and whānau talk with their child in the language they speak most naturally, the child learns the rhythms, sounds and speech patterns for that language. Ask them:
- What is your experience of bilingualism?
- Are there people who speak more than one language within your whānau?
A second language can be learned simultaneously (2 languages at the same time) or sequentially (the second language is learned after the first has been mastered). Ask:
- Which do think would be easier for a child?
- Why do you think that?
- What opportunities does your toddler have to learn a second language?
A second or third language develops in the same way that a first language does. Kids need to hear the language being spoken consistently and directly to them. They also need to hear it used around them and in connection to the people and world they live in.
Te Kōhanga Reo and A‘oga Amata are 2 examples of ECE settings specifically set up to provide immersion language learning in te reo Māori and gagana Sāmoa. Ask:
- What do you think about total immersion language learning?
- Would you be interested in your toddler being part of this type of ECE?
- Why is that?
- What could you do at home or within the whānau to give your toddler access to another language?
- Is there anything you need help with to do that?
How does this relate to the SKIP resources?
Baby Wall Frieze - Teach me about my family
I can learn 2 or more languages easily so long as I hear them spoken to me regularly.
Six things children need - Te kōrero me te whakarongo - talking and listening
We know it' important to share stores, songs and games with our toddler, sometimes over and over again!