Hello to all of you!
I am Spanish native speaker and my son who is 10 years old – he is also a Spanish native speaker. He was studying in our home country (Panama) from kindergarten until second grade and after that he moved with me to Turkey. At the age of two he attended an Italian school, therefore he also speaks Italian. He can write but with some (grammar) mistakes.
I speak English and my son can also speak a little bit and can understand, for example when he is watching TV he only listens in English and is able to understand it. Nevertheless, we don’t speak too much English at home. After two years’ study in Italian, we decided to move him to an English school because I cannot speak Italian and it was really difficult to support him with his homework.
In these circumstance as he will be in another new school in where the main language is English, I would like to know which way I have to follow. I am thinking that during summer he can do some math class and as we are still living abroad in Turkey, I would like to know if doing this math class in English is good for him or not. Or if better to do in our native language, Spanish. Could you give some feedback on this matter?
Thanks in advance,
Thank you for your question, which is an interesting one about which language to choose for the summer course your son is going to attend, English or Spanish.
Summer courses are a fantastic way of giving a child’s minority language a boost, however, language is not the only deciding factor when it comes to choosing the right course. If you want your son to do a math(s) course, first check that it is the kind of training that will be useful and on the right level for him.
When it comes to math(s), my recommendation would be to select a course which is in the same language as he will be doing the subject in at school (in your son’s case, English) – math(s) is one of those subjects that can be quite tricky to teach in a different language. It is not only the terms and phrases, but the way the subject is taught that can be different. If possible, consult your son’s teacher with the information about the course and ask his or her opinion about it.
Hope you find the right kind of course for your son!