Does anyone feel like s/he’s cracked the nut on having an au pair help teach a child a second language?
- Au Pairs also need to speak English so that they can achieve their language learning goals
- Few Au Pairs are taught how to teach a language to a child
- Any parent wanting a child to learn an additional language needs to make sure, first, that the child and the au par can communicate effectively in any language– and this line of communication must be kept open even as a second language is being used too.
- Parents wanting a child to speak a language other than English need to find ways in addition to the au pair interaction to support that language learning for the child.
Those caveats in mind… can you help with this mom’s question?
Three wonderful au pairs and two years later (one was a short-term extension au pair), my 2-and-some-years-old son successfully understands French. However, of the few words he speaks, most of them are in English.
Myself, host Dad, and step children speak English exclusively. The Francophile toddler watches French cartoons, hears French songs and plays with other French toddlers occasionally. But obviously he’s exposed to a great deal more in English in his little life.
I understand that multilingual children are slower to start speaking in general and I’m not trying to rush the process. But I’m wondering, have other host families had success introducing language activities into their au pair’s daily duties? If so, what kind?
Merci beaucoup! ~CapitolHostMom