Teaching English to children can become a tedious task if they are below seven years old; however, there are many effective ways to overcome and guide your child through English lessons. Some of them are as follows:
Set a Routine
Everyone gets better at learning something new by practicing every day. Children have a developing mind that is continuously exposed to new ideas, creativity, and other aspects of life. The best way to teach English to kids is to build a routine and follow it without any gaps. A fixed time would enhance your focus on teaching, and the kids focus on learning. Moreover, you can even build a scheduled session for an hour with two to three breaks, as most kids hardly have an attention span of 15 to 20 minutes.
Teaching English to your children does not have to be a tiresome process. You can make it enjoyable by singing choruses, melodies, rhymes, etc. A second practice would be to ask your kid to translate their favorite Hindi or other native language songs in English. At times, they might get stuck, but they have you to assist.
You can also use digital websites to ask them to sing their favorite songs by reading the lyrics. If your kid is too young, then you can sing nursery rhymes and ask your child to repeat the same. A regular singing practice would improve sentence formation, articulation, vocabulary, fluency, pronunciation, and other aspects.
Kids enjoy playing their favorite games; however, it wouldn’t be wrong to introduce them to new games like scrabble, Pictionary, crosswords, etc. They might even enjoy the thrill of the timer if you are playing it offline and build a broader vocabulary. Another effective way is role-playing. The practice of role play would involve your child choosing his/her favorite cartoon, celebrity, and superhero and speaking their most common dialogues to form a story. The practice would help your child in sentence formation, transition, storytelling, and all spoken English skills.
You can even ask them to mimic their favorite foreign celebrity. The practice of repeating the same dialogues would improve their spoken English skills. Let them know their strengths and weaknesses most positively, so they don’t leave the game before the session ends.
The best way to improve both written and verbal English is by reading. The best way to indulge in reading is to tell them about a story in a book that they might or through a storytelling book if you have young ones. Reading short stories to your kids will help them in spoken and written English skills. Moreover, it will also enhance their creativity, dreams, aspirations, and otherworldly desires. Therefore, it would help them think outside the box when they grow up and pursue their passions.
Additionally, reading English stories from a book often has a reasonable conclusion and message attached to it. Your child will imbibe these qualities from the beginning of his/her learning years. Also, intriguing them to read books on specific topics as they grow older can make them more motivated, confident, persuasive, and world-ready.
The English language involves reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These areas are also a part of competitive English exams like IELTS and TOEFL that help students to study, migrate, and early a living abroad. Written and spoken English for kids is also a vital part of today’s corporate world that focuses more on PowerPoint presentations, slides, and public speaking. Therefore, English communication is critical for enhancing the career of your child.
The best practice to improve his/her English communication skills is by practicing every day. You could begin by speaking for 10 minutes, then escalate it to 20, 30, and so on. Eventually, your child would become fluent in the language and confident of avoiding mistakes in everyday communication.
A second practice could be to recite everyday situations in English. It could be fun and engaging games to boost sentence formation & structuring, pronunciation, creativity, fluency, and other skills associated with written and spoken English. We hope that these tips come handy in teaching English to your kids.