In their recent research into the reasons behind the decision to learn a new language, Rosetta Stone has found that parents see their own language learning as a key activity in setting an example to their children, and in supporting their child’s educational development.
The survey revealed that 17 per cent of respondents said they learned languages to be an inspiring role model for their child.
Learning a language comes naturally to children and it can be fun for the whole family, however, the appeal and interest in learning a new language is falling. In 2010, just 43 per cent of GCSE pupils were entered for a language.
Learning additional languages provides a boost in confidence and personal growth. Our findings suggest that parents now want to hand the benefit of a language down to their children
Sylke Riester, Managing Director Europe at Rosetta Stone said: “Being a parent myself, seeing how my children learn by doing “Monkey see, Monkey do”, I can relate to the fact that a fifth of language learners questioned learnt new languages in order to help their child learn languages.
"Learning additional languages provides a boost in confidence and personal growth. Our findings suggest that parents now want to hand the benefit of a language down to their children," Sylke added.
Major drivers for language learning which Rosetta Stone has identified are: Career prospects; travel and culture; and ‘heritage learning’, based on languages spoken through generations.
Sylke continued: “When a parent speaks another language, they are in a far better position to encourage their children – at any age – to learn and to support that process and try a new language.
"We also see language learning as a massive plus for family culture: knowing a foreign language can make holidays and cultural events even more meaningful and enjoyable."
Rosetta Stone provides e-learning to individuals, schools, universities and public and private organisations in over 20 languages.
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