Teaching children a foreign language that you don’t speak isn’t impossible. You can do it! I do it! Well, technically, my husband and I speak multiple languages, but we don’t speak the languages that our children really wanted to study. Our children are in their 5th year of studying Chinese. They’ve participated in (and sometimes won) writing competitions, storytelling competitions, gotten their names and photos published in a Chinese language newspaper, and had the opportunity to meet new people and have fun learning a foreign language. I want to give other American kids the chance to be successful with foreign language!
Foreign language is a scary subject for adults whose only experience with learning a foreign language were their classes in high school. (Spoiler alert: Less than one percent of American students become proficient in the foreign language they study in high school.) But it doesn’t have to be so dismal! More than half the world is bilingual. You need better lessons, and you to learn the positive habits that bilingual homes do to support learning multiple languages.
The Homeschool Path to Foreign Language book can help guide you through. I’m an immigration lawyer and homeschool mom. I taught ESL for seven years, and as I said, my husband and I speak multiple languages. I grew up in a bilingual home because my mother’s first language is Danish.
These are the things I would love to help you do:
The worksheets from the book are free to download.
You can also access the free resource lists for foreign languages.