Homeschooling Languages – Learning Languages at Home

One benefit of homeschooling is that learners are not limited to the language lessons on offer at the local school. The world is their oyster. Today’s highly digital learning environment means that geographic location no longer matters. And nor does the absence of a language teacher.

Homeschool parents will be pleasantly surprised at the sophisticated tools available to help learners all over the world to access quality language tuition. There’s no need to speak a second language fluently – or even understand it – to put foreign language studies on a homeschool timetable.

Why learn an additional language?

Believe it or not – learning a second or additional language is fun. Children and teenagers, with their rapidly expanding vocabularies, tend to find new and complex words fascinating. They enjoy identifying cognates (words that sound similar to those in their primary language) and recognising the shared etymology (origin) of new words. Learning a character-based language like Arabic, Japanese or Chinese adds the exciting element of a new alphabet to homeschool – almost like writing in a secret code!

And increasingly, the value of learning indigenous languages is quickly being registered by Australian and New Zealand language learners. Understanding the language of indigenous peoples adds another dimension to a learner’s experiences of their own culture and history.

At an elementary level, learning a foreign language helps children develop confidence in their ability to communicate. They learn that their own language is organised in particular ways and develop a new awareness of grammatical structures.

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Language and culture are inextricably linked

Culture – or the norms, ideas and customs of a particular group – is interrelated with the group’s language. Homeschool language learners will become aware of this as they study the language of Japanese job interviews; learn the language required to order a meal in French or ask for directions in Chinese.

Content from a particular language lesson may spark an interest in geography, history or the cuisine associated with a particular culture. This in turn can create learner-led links into other subject areas, allowing homeschoolers to create a culturally connected curriculum that develops specific interests of their child.

See how EP’s content bank allows learners to explore culture through language

Language learners require multiple exposures to the target language

Learning vocabulary is only one small aspect of language acquisition – and yet, this seems to be the focus of many free language learning tools like Duolingo. While the low cost nature of these tools may be appealing to homeschoolers, they tend to be rather narrow and prescriptive, providing limited modes in which a home learner can engage with a target language.

While full immersion in a second language is not generally possible in homeschool environments, full exposure is. EP provides language lessons that promote speaking and writing opportunities – including an opportunity for feedback on pronunciation – as well as traditional listening and reading language skills. Their gamified and interactive approach to grammar and vocabulary acquisition.

FAQs for Homeschooling Languages

What foreign languages can a homeschooled student learn through EP?

EP Languages offers online language instruction in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Māori. You can create your own foreign language curriculum that best fits your homeschooling family needs.

How do students learn a second language at homeschool?

To learn a second language, homeschoolers should create opportunities for reception (listening and reading) and production (writing and speaking). The EP platform provides lessons to practise all the key skills involved in language learning: listening, reading, writing, speaking, not to mention grammar and vocabulary.

Can a homeschooled child become fluent in a foreign language?

When we talk about ‘fluency’ in language learning, people generally mean ‘autonomy’ – that the individual can express themselves spontaneously. An autonomous speaker can use the language effectively and flexibly in his/her social and professional life. The vast majority of home learners work at the elementary and intermediate level, making the EP suite of language lessons perfectly pitched for beginning language learners at home.

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Why Use EP for Homeschooling Languages?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!

Why Use EP to Homeschool?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!