Learning a Second Language: How Parents Can Help

You don't have to understand Spanish or Japanese to help him boost his language skills. Here's how parents can support language learning at home.

By GreatSchools Staff

A parent's attitude toward language learning is crucial to a child's success, say language teachers and researchers. And parents don't always recognize the value of learning a second language in a changing world, says Marty Abbott, director of education for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. "Adult Americans are for the most part monolingual. They say, 'Well, I've been successful.'"

Why learn a language? It's likely to help your child become a better thinker, as well as giving her an advantage in the work world.

Here's what you can do to support language classes at your child's school and language learning at home: