How to Learn English for Kids
There are a lot of articles on the web that tell
you how to learn
if you are an adult, but not so many on how to learn
English for kids. If you are a parent and you have a kid learning
English you probably want to know how to help them.
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Here are a few suggestions.
How to learn English for kids –
the top ten tips for parents (and teachers!)
1. Encourage your child.
Don't criticize every mistake but focus on the achievements. This is
really important and too often I hear teachers and parents criticizing
young kids who are trying really hard. It's enough to make the kids
want to stop completely.
2. The best thing you can do to help your kid learn English
is to help make it fun.
If your child thinks it is just extra lessons then they may not want to do
it. So it's a great idea to treat it the same as any out of school
activity such as sports or dance. That way they are less likely to
think it's work.
3. Bring English into your home.
Have English books in your home, watch English TV with your kids, and
listen to English songs. The more your child hears English, the easier
it will be for them to learn.
4. Keep English fun.
If you can, play games
with your kids in English. Any alphabet games, or lotto style
games are great for beginners, and games like Scrabble are good for
5. Monitor your child's work.
Make sure you know what your child is studying in his or her English
classes and show an interest in their work and what they are doing.
6. Don't put too much pressure on your child.
If your child is learning and feels a lot of pressure to do as well as
you want them to, then they will become stressed and this will have a
negative effect on the rest of their activities.
7. Take a class yourself.
If your English needs to improve, you could take a class
to show that learning English is important to you. Older children
especially may think that if you aren't doing something then it's not
fair that they have to. You have an opportunity to lead by your example.
8. Talk with your kids.
If your English is good then try speaking to your kids. Even short
phrases such as "I love you", or instructions like "come here" or "sit
down" are great to start with. Your children will then be used to
hearing people talk to them in English.
9. Kids get bored easily.
If you are trying to help your son or daughter with their English
homework and they are losing interest, don't force them to continue.
Take a break and then go back to the activity.
There are several ways you can do this. Encourage your child to stick
labels on items around the house, with English words on them. Test your
kid (in a relaxed way) on new words each week. Or ask your child to
tell you all the new words he or she learned each day.
Obviously there are other things you can do if you want to help your
child learn English – for kids the most important thing is
encouragement so if you do that then you will be helping in the best
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