Reading books is an activity that has been known for ages. We remember sitting on our grandparents’ or parents’ laps and listening fairy tales and stories. Reading fairy tales to children is priceless. We not only develop our children’s imagination, broaden their vocabulary, make them more sensitive or transmit some values. Thanks to reading we teach our children! So, why don’t we read to our children in a foreign language?
Nowadays, we have an access to thousands of foreign language publication. You have to just choose one of them, open it and start reading. I’m sure that you think and say: „I’m not going to read in a foreign language because I’m not certain of pronaunciation and I don’t have a proper accent”. Your way of thinking is off the mark! It’s only a good excuse that appears in your head. Am I right?
Dear Parent, several years of your education was the time when you had been studying a foreign language becuse it was required in your curriculum. Am I right? I hear YES that comes up in your mind. 😊 I’m sure that you are familiar with simple phrases in a foreign language but you don’t use them. Are you saying YES, again? 😊 I’m confident that that yoy have a wide vocabulary, much wider that you can expect. You need to just dust off your knowledge. Did you say YES again? 😊 Conclusion – it’s time for you to make of your skills! I’m not saying that you should open an encyklopedia with phrases difficult to pronunce. The books for children are written in simple, understandable language which is user-friendly. Start with easy things! You may choose a fairy tale that has simple and short sentences. It mightn’t be „Little Red Riding Hood Story” outright.
If you are looking for a book for little ones, please pay attention to the level of difficulty. In 1971 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages introduced and discribed six levels of language proficiency. First two levels are dedicated to people who start their journey with a foreign language. (A1 – Beginner and A2 – Elementary/Pre-intermediate. The third and fourth levels are reserved for people who understand most of the texts or utterances as well as they communicate with others. (B1 – Intermediate and B2 – Upper-intermediate) The last two levels are for people who understand texts, speak foreign language fluently, spontaneously with no effort. (C1 – Advanced and C2 Proficient). Most of the books for childred are branded with this classification. So, if you search appropriate markings, you will find a relevant publication.
Reading, except for speaking, it’s the activity that can be used from early childhood. Be aware of the fact how much you can do. Thanks to You, your child will have a chance to listen a foreign language. Thanks to You, your child will get the feel of new sounds, words, and thereby simple phrases and sentences. It’s YOU Dear Parent, who gives a special chance to your child. Don’t miss it. Start reading!