FUN, FUN, FUN!
This is one factor that really matters to kids. Most educators think that kids learn best through play.
The most important thing is the enthusiasm and that you give the children lots of encouragement and praise. The children will pick up the enthusiasm for the language. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t start speaking English immediately. They will need a certain amount of time to absorb the language. Be patient, and they will begin to speak English in their own time.
It is better to have short, frequent sessions than long, infrequent ones. Fifteen minutes is enough for very young children. You can gradually make sessions longer as your child gets older and their concentration span increases. The activities must be short and varied in order to hold the child’s attention.
Children feel more comfortable and confident when they know what to expect. Repetition is essential – children often need to hear words and phrases many times before they feel ready to produce them themselves.
Children learn naturally when they are having fun. Flashcards are a great way to teach and revise vocabulary.
Younger children love books with bright colours and attractive illustrationsThe animated storiesare an excellent way for children to develop listening and reading skills.
Songs are a really effective way to learn new words and improve pronunciation. Songs with actions are particularly good for very young children as they are able to join in even if they are not yet able to sing the song. The actions often demonstrate the meaning of the words in the song.
Things we learn firs:
- the numbers (1 -10)
- feelings: sad, happy, angry…
- the body parts