How to Teach Your Child English as Second Language
Learning any language is a difficult task, but what if we learn it as our mother language since childhood. If you are thinking to help your kid learn English in his childhood. You are a really smart person. Learning new things in childhood are very easy. You are speaking your mother language so fluently because you are speaking it since childhood. In the same way when your kid start speaking English from its childhood he will be very much fluent like native speakers after few year. We will try to get the answer to How to Teach Your Child English as Second Language?
There are multiple benefits of learning English as a kid. That’s why parents wants to teacher English to their kids since childhood. No doubt learning English from childhood give your children more exposure and confidence.
Researches shows that learning a language since childhood has many benefits. It has a great impact on your mind and it gives flexibility to the mind of a kid, it helps in enhancing the memory of the kid and increasing the creativity level of the kid. It also helps in increasing the problem solving skills of the kids.
If your kids has a good English speaking accent he could have certain benefits, he would have better access to all the information on the social media and internet. No doubt English is the international language and teaching it will increase the number of job opportunities for your kid in future and English language courses like IELTS and TOEFL will not be a hurdle in the flourish future of your kid.
Coming towards the point, How to Teach Your Child English as Second Language, in this article I am going to reveal 7 secrets about how to teach English to your kids at home.
How to Teach Your Child English as Second Language
Teaching to kids is a real struggle and teaching a thing in which kids are not interested is the bigger trouble. Teaching to kids in totally non-conventional as kids do not like to sit on one place and also to repeat same thing or activity again and again.
English grammar is again a boring thing to learn and teach. If you force your kid to learn these boring rules of grammar and vocabulary your kid may develop a language fear which will be again a trouble.
So what is the way to teach a language to your kid? We have to adopt some interesting method of teaching, something unique, childish and interesting. We have to find a solution that is unique, attractive and a fun way to teach and learn.
I have a unique 5 step guide which will make learning English a fun job for your kid. So let us explore these 5 steps.
1. English Cartoons and Poems
This is the most working step. It is basically the listening practice of your kid. You can also use some English language songs instead of cartoons, rhymes or poems.
Youtube has various cartoons available that are related to English learning. You just have to play video cartoons for your kid. He/she will start observing English on his/her own.
Listening is the best way to learn English. To adults experts suggests to watch English movies with subtitle for make their English speaking stronger and efficient, but for kids cartoons are the best option.
To help kids analyze and learn different action verbs, some cartoon shows actions relative to action verbs, that is quite helpful for a kid learning English and understanding verbs.
2. English Learning Games
This is the very first step and we know that kids loves to play games. So why not we allow them to play language games.
Kids absorb thing during their fun activities and that why games are the best option, engaging in games kids will absorb different grammar concepts without even a feel of learning a language.
Some of the best games to learn English are scrabble and Pictionary, both of these games are easily available on the play store.
3. Use Infographics
ESL blogs are putting their every efforts to create useful infographics. You can use those infographics to help your kid learn English. You have to useful beautiful colored infographics to make this activity interesting for your kid, as kids love bright colors.
This step is basically for vocabulary building of your kid. You have to pick some colored infographics of Vegetables, animals, fruits, and so on.
What you have to do with these infographics is very simple and interesting. You have to play a game with your kid using colored infographics of vocabulary. Pick up an infographic and begin by pointing toward a picture and telling them what it is. Later ask them what it is or where it is.
Let me give you a simple example: Let me suppose for instance that you have picked up a vocabulary card/infographic, pointing out towards the tomato tell them this is a tomato, later when your kid start identifying ask him to tell you what it is or where it is.
4. Engage in role-play
If your kid is in school, that the best opportunity you have. You can help your kid participate in the role-play. Role-play is basically to act or perform the part of the character of a story.
If school play is not possible due to some reason, no problem. This is where you will have to more punctual. You have to make a story (in English) with your child favorite cartoon character and help your child act it out in English.
Children loves play and dramas and that why you can use their favorite activity as tool to teach them English. Using this method of role-play your kid will practice his English speaking which will improve it English speaking skills.
5. English Stories
Everything is done, but what about reading practice. Story reading is the best option to improve the English reading skills. Children love stories and that why we have selected this option.
Reading is very important step in English language learning and to become fluent in English. But it is a boring activity. You kid will get bored if he has to read different books of his course. Reading skills can only be improved by reading with focus and while reading a boring book your kid will have no focus and eventually he will stop reading.
So you can use the story book of this favorite character to make reading English a fun activity for your kid.
I hope that after reading this article you can now help you kid learn English as a fun activity. You have to encourage you child at every step to increase his moral and confidence. Try to talk in English with your kid. In learning anything practice is the key. So make sure that your kid is practicing a lot. Talk about his different activities in English, this will help him to speak fluent about different aspects of life.