By: Renee Grassi, GEPL Youth Department Director
If your New Year’s resolution is to learn a new language or pass on your native language, why not get the kids involved and include the whole family?
There are a variety of benefits of starting language learning early on in your child’s development. Learning a language provides children with an opportunity to improve memory and analytic abilities. It also helps a child strengthen their problems solving skills. Learning a language contributes to a child’s overall cognitive development, while also preparing him or hear for their participation in the global marketplace. If someone in your family is fluent in a particular language and is part of the learning process, there is a greater ability for the child to learn with a near native accent.
With your Glen Ellyn Public Library card, you and your family have 24/7 access to the library’s comprehensive list of online resources, which includes two new resources that have recently been added to the library’s collection of youth databases: Muzzy and Little Pim.
Little Pim offers tutorials for children in Pre-K to Grade 2. It covers Spanish, French, Chinese, English, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, German, Arabic, and Russian. You and your children can enjoy a variety of animated videos that teach kid about a variety of basic scenarios, including mealtime, playtime, and bedtime routines.
Muzzy is an online training system that offers language learning for children birth through age twelve. Through story and play-based games and vocabulary lessons, this database offers kids the chance to learn Spanish, French, German, English, Russian, Portuguese, and Italian.
Don’t forget that the library offers a wide array of print and audio-visual materials to supplement your family’s language learning, including books, audio books, CDs, and kits. Want to brush up on your own language learning? Be sure to check out Mango—an adult online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills for over 60 languages from around the world, including English as a new language. Brush up on your grammar, the culture of the country, and compare your speech to a native speaker.
For more information or for a brief tutorial, stop by the library and ask a librarian!