Our Speech and Language Team at Michael Faraday is keen to pass on some guidance for parents and carers.
Some estimates suggest that as much as two-thirds of the world’s population speak more than one language. Speaking more than one language is a positive and beneficial skill and should be celebrated.
There is no evidence to suggest that learning more than one language will delay the development of speech and language skills. In fact, learning more than one language at once can have many positive benefits for children.
It is important to recognise and value all languages. Accept and praise words and phrases used in home languages and give English equivalents where appropriate. Parents of children learning English as an additional language should continue to talk to their children in their home language.
Different languages have different sound and grammatical systems. This is OK.