How to Use Screen Time To Your Advantage When Teaching French

As a parent teaching your kids a foreign language, you might have heard that screen time is not always a good thing. However, screen time can actually be a useful tool in your language teaching toolbox if you use it wisely. The key is to make sure that your child's screen time is educational and interactive.

Here are some tips on how to use screen time to your advantage when teaching your kids French:


1. Do a Screen Time Swap

If your child spends time watching TV shows or videos during the day, consider swapping out some of that screen time for a language lesson instead. For example, if your child likes to watch Peppa Pig, try swapping it for one of The Cultured Home's French language videos. This way, you can fit language lessons into your busy family schedule without having to find extra time.

2. Make Screen Time Interactive

Interactive screen time is much more effective for learning than passive screen time. Look for apps and videos that allow your child to participate in the learning process. The Cultured Home's French language lessons, for example, are designed to be interactive, with engaging call and response video formats that introduce core vocabulary through live video and animation. When watching these videos with your child, encourage them to repeat the words along with the native speakers.

3. Co-View, Co-Play, and Co-Engage

When your child is watching a language lesson or playing a language learning game, be sure to watch and play along with them. Co-viewing, co-playing, and co-engaging with your child during screen time will not only help them better retain new words, but you'll also be learning alongside them.

4. Non-Native Speaking Mamas Need Screen Time

If you're a non-native speaker teaching your child French, educational language videos and apps taught by native speakers can be lifesavers. They give your child exposure to the native accent and sounds of the language, which is crucial for language acquisition. Make sure to choose videos and apps that are appropriate for your child's age and level of proficiency.

5. Remember that Screen Time is just one tool in your toolbox

While screen time can be a useful tool in teaching your child French, it shouldn't be the only tool you rely on. Reading, playtime, songs, and physical activities are all important parts of the language learning journey.

In summary, screen time can be an important tool for teaching your child French, but it's important to use it wisely. Choose educational and interactive videos and apps, co-view and co-play with your child, and remember that screen time is just one part of the language learning journey. By using screen time to your advantage, you can help your child become a fluent French speaker in no time!


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