Common Questions

Common Questions

“What if my child gets upset because they do not understand the teacher?”

Typically teachers of young children who are struggling (or upset) will use the child’s native language when/if possible. Most teachers of young children want a child to feel successful, so if English is the child’s native language, and they are lost and confused, it is not effective. All teachers want to ensure a child feels loved, secure, and comfortable with their environment. This reduces the stress and allows learning to take place.

“My child was in a Spanish Immersion program for almost a year, and never spoke in Spanish when we asked her. What happened?”

Although we cannot answer specific questions on learning, we can say that some children learning a new language undergo what is called the “silent period”.. And although they may not be speaking it, we can bet they really understand. Also since your child was exposed to the sounds and phonics of the new language, it will be easier to pick it up fully later in life. Please visit the following website for more information on “the silent period of second language acquisition”