THINGS TO AVOID:
*Refusing to talk
Some parents answer their children only when they’re addressed in the “right” language. This drastic approach is not recommended. You should never stop communicating with your child. Communication is the very essence of language. The choice of language shouldn’t become a battleground or feelings of being forced to do something.
*Pretending not to understand
Again, communication is essential for your child to learn a language. This approach will succeed in the short term but discourage and force your child to resort back to English.
*Threatening with negative consequences
You want your child to have positive association with their home language. Negative consequences may leave them feeling despondent and rebellious towards their mother tongue.