When choosing a language school for your child, you have to be aware first that language learning in children is different from that in adults. All language teachers know well that some kids sometimes need motivation to learn the foreign language – they appear to have a bucket of motivation themselves. But many others only seem to carry a bucket full of holes.
Before you choose a language school for your child, inquire first about the approaches to teaching and learning and what models the teachers use. Here are some major factors from inside the classroom that affect your child’s motivation to learn a foreign language: the expectations and attitude of the teacher, the tasks and materials used, and the classroom itself (this includes furniture, space, displays, noise, temperature, etc.).
So you must inquire about the professional integrity of the teacher and check out if the materials and tasks are appropriate to your child’s learning before you decide which school to enroll your child. In addition, you need to examine the classroom and see if it fits your child’s learning needs.
But there are also motivating factors that originate from outside your child’s classroom. For example: the learner’s home life; peers’ and parents’ attitudes towards the foreign language, learning this language, as well as the native speakers of this language; the child’s prior experience in learning a language; and the learner’s attitude towards language exams.
Other motivating factors include what the child did before attending the language lesson and what he or she does after attending a lesson. Also, what the emotional and physical feeling the learner has before the lesson (for example, is the child well / happy / tired / hungry / upset by friends / thirsty?). This means that parents, not only language teachers, also have to motivate children to learn a foreign language. So before you decide on a language holiday for you and for your child, consider motivating your child first.