People often overlook language as a key component in education, assuming their children will pick it up along the way and not requiring any special concern. However, especially in a family that speaks more than one language, it is important to pay extra attention to your child’s grasp of language. Whether it is their first or second language, it is important to keep up with their development and carrying out their education accordingly. For instance, if your child shows more aptitude towards Chinese, it might be wise to put him or her in a Chinese school instead of an English school so that “their English might improve” – by doing so severely handicaps your child and might cause him or her to lose interest in the subjects as they are unable to comprehend what is going on in their science or mathematics class. Here are a few steps on how to properly help your child improve their English instead.
Teach them to love reading
One of the best and easiest ways you can help your child learn English is simply through reading. Since children follow by example, you should read novels or even magazines in front of them. When they see you reading, they will naturally follow. However, you can also read to them and this will also encourage them to pick up a book themselves.
Encourage them to write and indulge in their imagination
When you learn how to read, the next thing you should learn is how to write. Writing is a learned skill and writing well is not something that will come naturally when you acquire a new language. While reading will help in that aspect by giving you the experience of how sentences are strung together and how to make words flow, it is practice that will really help you take your language skills to the next level. That’s why it’s encouraged to enroll your children into creative writing classes primary school so that they can begin while they are still young and impressionable, but old enough to comprehend what they are doing.
Watch lots of television
One thing that reading won’t give you is the nuanced way in which a particular language is spoken with. It isn’t about accent, but the very basics of how a native speaker will say certain things in, therefore it’s important to tie your education with real-world experience. Especially if you are unable to find a community of native speakers where you live, what you can do to supplement and makeup for that lack is by watching television. When you watch movies, you discover how native speakers interact with one another, from their kind of humour to the words they choose to use – in the English language, there are so many words that mean the same thing with subtle differences, especially when used in different contexts and television can help you there. Of course, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one type of programming, make sure you watch the news, documentaries and even entertainment news as well to get a better understanding of how and when to use certain words, inflection or just a method of talking.