Many parents who want to start a language immersion program at home are hesitant because they don’t speak a second language. If that’s you, don’t worry. While being a bilingual home might help, it’s not at all necessary when immersing your child in a new language.
It’s all about making use of resources—many of which are free or low cost. The more you can use these resources to immerse your child in the secondary language, the better and faster they’ll pick it up. You might learn something as well, but knowing how to immerse yourself in a language isn’t the goal. When you’re older, it’s harder to learn a language. But kids pick up languages faster, and exposure to a new language is extremely helpful in their learning.
When setting up a language immersion program at home, you can take advantage of the following resources and opportunities: