Language learning at home

Bilingual education enriches every child’s life, has significant cognitive benefits, and promotes a natural acceptance of difference.

In the Primary School bilingual partial immersion program, students’ skills develop by hearing and using their second language in songs, games and craft activities, integrated with selected units of core curriculum subjects taught directly in the target language.

IGS Head of Languages Junior School Vilma Rotellini says vocabulary is necessary for all communication.

“Language learners encounter vocabulary every day and must be able to acquire and retain it,” Ms Rotellini said.

“Research shows that learners need to experience the words in a variety of rich contexts, often requiring up to 16 encounters.

“Learners remember the words when they have manipulated them in different ways, so variety is essential for vocabulary learning and teaching.”

It is important for a child to continue their Language learning outside the classroom, through homework studies. Language homework introduces weekly keywords, reviewing or reinforcing Language information and allowing practise of newly learned skills.

The routine of completing homework promotes self-management, planning and organisational skills over time.

“Don’t interfere too much,” Ms Rotellini said. “Support and encourage your child to take initiative towards his or her work by asking the teacher for clarification the next day if it’s needed before homework is due.”

Establishing a homework routine that works for students and parents is important, as this should be a positive experience. Providing a supportive learning environment with a quiet and well-let space is key to enhancing focus.

“Encourage your child to read words out loud, and have a good dictionary handy,” Ms Rotellini said.