How You Can Help Your Children Learn English
- Posted by: E-planet Educational Services
- Category: Learning Methods
Are you wondering how you can support your child’s English language learning at home? There’s a great deal you can do other than helping with their homework. Here are our top 6 tips. These tips may be aimed at helping children, but they are just as useful for adults too!
1. Experiment with Sound & Music
Learning begins with exposure to the sounds of the target language. Fortunately, in the age of the Internet, that’s not hard. For example, you can open a YouTube tab with native speakers talking or singing in English and just leave it on in the background. By doing this, your child has the chance to hear English as it is spoken by lots of different speakers with various accents. Don’t forget that youngsters love music. Have English songs playing in the background and you’ll notice after a while that your child will be bopping along and singing the lyrics. It’s a good way to have fun while learning pronunciation patterns and getting used to idiomatic phrases with no pressure.
2. Set Your Devices to English
Nowadays, many children become confident smartphones and tablet users before even learning how to read and write. Therefore, switching your mobile apps and game consoles to English is a good place to start. By using it as the operational language for your TV, desktop or laptop, you help your child see English in a natural context. Introducing words and phrases such as ‘password’, ‘click here’ or ‘game over’ can be a useful starting point. Don’t forget that repetition is very helpful when consolidating new vocabulary!
3. Get Online
The Internet offers an abundance of language resources which was unimaginable just a few years ago. Mobile applications (or apps) are extremely versatile tools because by being on your phone, you can take them anywhere. Many of these apps are free and allow youngsters to learn through play. No matter your child’s age or level, you can always find a way which will not only help them master English but also have fun doing it! Watching cartoons can be a very entertaining way of learning as well. Children can easily identify with animated characters and often enjoy imitating them. That’s why it’s a great idea to encourage your son or daughter to watch English-speaking cartoons. English subtitles can be of help too.
4. Get Crafty
Learning a language is like learning how to ride a bike; you can’t learn just by memorising theory. Youngsters love any opportunity to get messy, so why not encourage ‘messy practice’ … in another language? Invite your child’s friends for an ‘English day’ at home, suggesting that they speak in English as much as they can. You can make this experience fun by asking them to sing along English songs and by playing an educational board game with them. You can also find many other group activities online, which are both entertaining and helpful in practising a foreign language. With some preparation, you can make this event truly unforgettable!
5. Cultivate … a Bookworm!
Reading a familiar book is a great way to learn an unfamiliar language. Get your child the English versions of the books he or she loves. A remarkable number of popular favourites have been translated, and perhaps some of his or her favourite books were originally written in English. Graded readers can be very helpful for young learners. In general, stories provide powerful language-learning opportunities, so … use them!
6. Think Outside the Box
If you’re reading this article, chances are your own English is already pretty good. One way or another, why not have your child ‘teach’ you to say something in English every day? Explaining is learning! You can also start learning a different language. Try setting each other challenges and turn the process of learning a language into a fun activity. It may be the longest route, but it is one that will have you and your child bonding through your mutual learning! If you enjoyed this post, please give it a quick share on your favourite social media! Also, if you liked this article, take a look at our blog post ‘Read to Succeed’.