Can Language101.com be used by children? The short answer is definitely yes.
This article will give you a better understanding of how to use it for the children you hold tenderly in your heart.
For Children Who Can Read Well
Any child who is old enough to read and understand a newspaper should easily be able to learn a foreign language with our language program. Please make sure the child watches and understands the video directions.
Most of our study screens are organized like this. They show two translations of the foreign phrase. One translation is the meaning of the foreign phrase and another translation is an exact, word-for-word, literal translation of the foreign phrase into English. The exact literal translation won’t always make sense.
Part of your job as a parent or teacher is to make sure that the child understands that other languages have different word orders than English and that’s why we show a literal translation in addition to the meaning.
For Children Who Cannot Yet Read Well
Children who are not yet able to read a newspaper can also learn a foreign language with Language101.com. However, they will need more of your help. Here’s what we suggest.
If the child is too young to read well, have the child sit beside you. Read the meaning and the good translation to the child out loud and have him or her say the foreign language phrase out loud.
This will have the added benefit of improving the child’s reading skills in English while teaching him or her a foreign language. We suggest using two headsets to listen to the foreign language audio, one for you and one for the child. However, if you have a very quiet room and a good sound system, using speakers can be OK. Using speakers is not OK in a noisy room.
Remember that our program works much better the faster you go through the phrases. It’s very easy to spend too much time on the second phrase while you forget the first one, so remember to go fast. Try to take 15 seconds or less per phrase.
How Long to Study
We suggest study sessions that are 30 minutes long. Study sessions as short as 15 minutes will also be effective.
Ambitious students should probably limit their study sessions to one hour at a time. If a child wants to study for more than one hour, he or she should study in the morning and again in the afternoon.