Saturday, January 9, 2010

Did you ever wonder why children can pick up another language easily if they are immersed in the foreign language? Let's think about it.

For any of us lucky enough to spend a few weeks in Greece [insert here {any foreign country}], we returned home with greater fluency in communication skills as a result of higher recall and increased vocabulary. 

How does it happen?  How can we mimic some of the variables that help to develop a bilingual child?  Children are forced to use all their senses when hearing a language that they do not understand.  If we think about entering a foreign setting where we understand little to nothing, wouldn't we watch carefully, the facial expressions of the people around us, their body language, tone of voice, where or what they are pointing at?