I love all the wonderful resources there are for language learning! Since I am not a native speaker, I want my children to be exposed to the "perfect" pronunciation of things. I am always looking for more videos and TV shows that my children can hear that will help them have better pronunciation.
After reading, The Bilingual Edge (which I highly recommend), I learned that books are the most important thing for language development. Some parents want to expose their children to other languages so they buy CD's and movies of languages that the parents cannot speak and the children will probably not speak with any other human being. What children need, according to the book, is a real living, breathing person talking to them in this language to learn the language. It makes sense. Why would we want to speak what we only have heard from a TV screen. Communication and interaction with other people is the key to learning any language, even our first language.
For the past two weeks, we have only watched one hour of movies on Thursdays with my girls. This is the total TV time they have had all week. The rest of the week they talk about it and pretend with their dolls that they are rescuing animals like Diego. I think we could watch a little more, but it has been neat to see them speak more as they play and talk with me than just sit down and watch TV. I do think movies are a wonderful resource for pronunciation and exposure, but it should not be the focus on language learning. The Bilingual Edge suggests talking about the movies, puting it on pause to ask questions and do similar activities after the movie. Sometimes my girls just watch it so I can get some things done, but I have been trying to talk about the movies more to get the most out of them.
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