Understanding the Language Learning Process
Though learning a language is a life time journey, most of the journey takes place in the early years. In a child’s life, the first five years is normally the time when brain development is at its peak. The high receptiveness of the child makes them able to learn many things through their experiences. It has been proven by studies that children learn languages when they are involved in back and forth interactions with important adults in their family. Any time a child communicates through gesture, a sound, or a word, the parent is responsible for giving a good feedback that motivates them to learn.
The language learning process of a child will benefit from a responsive feedback. The lack of communication of a child or less communication is due to the lack or receiving the essential feedback that would have built their language. Family members who talk less or communicate less to such children causes them to communicate less. Adult family members should always respond to any communication gesture from a child. Otherwise, the child will have a delay in their communication development. The advice given to some parents is that they should wait for the child to outgrow the situation. However, the wait and watch approach is not encouraged as it derails the child’s language learning process in this critical stage.
Children who have not developed good speech can hardly participate in conversations and activities. When the children do not get the help they require the situation becomes worse. Chances are the children will be left behind more. A child who receives extra support from important adults in his life can improve tremendously. Speech therapy intervention is great to salvage the situation if done very early. It enables the children develop skills through communication skills. It will help the child to be successful in their future academic and personal life.
Tips are there to help a child in language learning. First, assist the kids to build their language skills. It is possible to do this by starting fake conversations with your child. Teaching the child non-verbal communication skills is the other tip. You should be there to guide the children. Communication skills can be learnt by the children through watching their parents. Children will take in what they see and hear so be careful any time you are communicating. The communication skills of the children will be great.
Offer guidance and be part of their learning process. Always be attentive when your child tries to communicate and you will notice your feedback helps reinforce their language skills.