January 01, 2014
Talking To Children
Learning a language is a challenge for students and adults, but did you know how important it is to talk to your children?
According to several studies, the number of words a young child hears on a regular basis has a lot to do with...
...how well they do - financially and socially - in life.
It turns out that speech directed to children (TV doesn't count) has a huge impact on their vocabulary and their use of language in general. Wealthy parents speak dramatically more words to their children than poor people.
This makes sense to me because ability with language has a lot to do with how well we express our needs whether we are children, students or workers.
Children who have difficulty expressing themselves are less likely to do well in school and are far more likely to drop out.
When you are out in public, at a park or shopping center for example, notice how people of different social classes speak to their children.
And if you have children, be sure to include them in your conversations. That's the best way to 'teach' them the essential rules - and necessary messiness and adaptability of any language.
You can see an article on this here - http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/12/one-citys-plan-change-how-poor-parents-talk-their-kids/7897/.
Like every other learning experience, the more we practice, the better we will be.
My best to you in 2014.
Posted by mmorf at January 1, 2014 08:06 PM