What recommendation can be made when grammar problems arise?
Grammatical mistakes should not always be viewed negatively. The child exhibits phases when he structures his speech properly and then there are phases where the child begins to use intuitively his own interpretation of grammar (specifically during the ages of 5 and 7) and when mistakes are inadvertently committed. The mistakes made show us in effect progress, that the comprehension of this complex language system.
In this case the following is recommended:
- Have patience since the child being raised bilingually really learns, for the most part, the rules of grammar unconsciously.
- Emphasize the grammatical differences of the language as well as the grammatical similarities.
- Strengthen the knowledge of grammar by the use of various materials and sources: computer programs and/or language tutors.
- Try not to always correct your child at every mistake since this can discourage his desire to learn. Sometimes it is better to overlook a mistake.
Tip: Do not correct the spelling on the original document but rather use a fresh sheet of paper to correct possible spelling mistakes. It is advisable to make the corrections on another sheet than to spoil the letter to Grandma or Granddad.
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