Kids Learning Foreign Language

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
    • What are the advantages of children learning a foreign language?
    • What are the disadvantages of children learning a foreign language?
    • What age would you suggest children begin learning a foreign language?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
language (n) method of human communication
He wanted to learn as many languages as possible.
vocabulary (n) the body of words used in a particular language
She studied the vocabulary words for hours.
fluent (adj) able to express oneself easily or accurately
Being fluent in a language takes intention and effort. 
bilingual (adj) speaking two languages fluently
Students who learn foreign languages may find it easier to be bilingual
acquire (v) buy or obtain for oneself
Being able to acquire a language is a valuable skill for students.
master (v) acquire complete knowledge or skill in something
It takes a lot of work to master a language.
brush up on (expression) to improve, refresh one’s knowledge
Since it had been a few years, he had to brush up on his knowledge before the meeting.
start on (expression) begin right away
She was excited to start on the new lessons right away.
pick up on (expression) learn quickly
Kids often pick up on new languages easier than older people.
get the hang of (expression) learn something easily and quickly
Since he had been practicing, he found it easy to get the hang of the sport. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom.”
― Roger Bacon

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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