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When to start integrating new languages

It is common to second guess the decision to introduce a second, third, or even fourth language when you are an expat living in Dubai.

Many expat families question whether they should only use English when communicating with their children or to continue speaking with them in their native tongue. Some parents may also feel uncomfortable with introducing additional languages, like French or Arabic, offered in the early years.

Studies show that between the age of 4 months to 6/7 years, a child’s brain is ready to absorb, use, and recognize any sound. Because of this absorbent ability, children have an amazing capacity to learn and manage multiple languages. Based on the observation of the interaction between the children and their French or Arabic teachers, one can notice that very often the bilingual children will adopt quite easily the second or the third language.

So parents you need not worry about exposing your children to many languages! A bilingual child may not be developing all the languages at the same speed or level as the monolingual child, but this can be for different reasons. Once your child starts to communicate in the new learnt language (and he/she will, for sure!), you will be amazed by their ability and quick adaptation. This is truly when you will shine with pride because you took that leap and made the right decision by introducing languages at an early age.

At Blossom we incorporate an holistic approach to second and third language integration in the classroom by implementing immersion and non-immersion programs at all our centers. Our immersion program focuses on fully integrating French or Arabic with English so that children will spend their day learning the EYFS curriculum in English and French, and English and Arabic. Our non-immersion program focuses on giving children scheduled Arabic and French lessons during the day for all age groups.

For further information about the languages program at Blossom please contact nadege.tourniaire@blossomchildren.com

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