There are many online tools designed to help in learning a language. But, did you know that social media can be a powerful tool too? Here's how to use it to develop your children’s language skills.
By Rachel Summers
There are all kinds of ways by which social media can be used as a learning tool. Teachers have been seeing just how it can be used to engage students, and in particular, bring them into a new language. As parents, you can turn your child’s interest in social media to good advantage, and help him use it to develop his linguistic abilities.
Social media has multiple platforms which can be used in a variety of ways to teach a new language.
Platforms like Facebook allow for groups to be formed for any interest you can imagine. Facebook in particular has been shown to be a very helpful tool in learning a language. You can find groups of learners of the language your child is trying to master. Or, set one up yourself. This will help your child practise her communication skills and also get in touch with people with similar interests from all around the world.
If your child is more of a visual learner, then it’s better to expose him to more visual learning tools. Instagram, Pinterest and other image-based social media platforms are great for visual-based learning materials. For example, you could set up a flash card on your account every day, providing a child who follows that account a regular learning tool.
Blogs too can be another great way to provide everyday learning. Sites like Tumblr are very effective for this, as a language blog can be inserted into your regular feed. There are also dedicated language blogs such as https://www.fluentin3months.com/ that you can follow and get tips on how to help your child gain proficiency in a language.
Here are just a few of the benefits of using social media to help your child pick up language skills:
Social media can be used in various ways to hone your child’s proficiency in a language. Here are a few ideas:
As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can help your child to learn a language through social media. Once you establish a daily routine of using it for this specific purpose, your child will pick up the chosen language before you know it.
Rachel Summers, a British journalist and writer, has worked in the field of education, tutoring students who need extra assistance with their studies. Her blog can be accessed at http://writingpopulist.com/
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