Here are some top tips from our teachers on how to support your child's English learning at home.
1. LEARN ENGLISH YOURSELF
To build a positive attitude towards learning, and towards English as a language, the best place to start is with yourself. If you send your child to an English class, why not join one too?
By learning English yourself, you can show your kids that ‘having a go’ and making a mistake is better than only speaking when you have the perfect sentence prepared. Moreover, it's a great way to spend time with your kids.
2. SING SONGS TOGETHER (OR GET YOUTUBE TO HELP IF YOU CAN’T SING)
After listening to a song or nursery rhyme a few times, children quickly start to hum, sing along to the chorus and eventually put together more and more words.
Music and rhyme help children to use full sentences, intonation, pitch, and rhythm, as well as simply building confidence, in a way that we can’t achieve if we were trying to explicitly teach these language features.
3. MAKE SURE THE WII OR PLAYSTATION IS SET TO USE ENGLISH
Every bit of technology we own comes with language options. By using English as the operational language for your TV, iPad, laptop or phone, your child will see English in a natural context everytime you provide them with access to one of your devices.
Don't worry if your child makes mistakes or doesn't start speaking in English immediately. The brain needs to go through a process of decoding and pattern-finding during the language-learning process.
Language production usually starts after a long period of listening and thinking, which is one of many great reasons to start learning English early.
HUNGRY FOR MORE TIPS?
Check out the articles below from the British Council Voices magazine for more tips to help support your child learning English.