How to teach children English and at what age to start?

English in our time – perhaps the same generally binding norm, as the ability to read and write. The website “” already wrote how to learn a foreign language for an adult. But still the language is much easier to learn since childhood, so this material for parents on how to teach children English.

How to start teaching your child English?

The question that many modern mothers are beginning to ask when the child can barely babble in Russian! And it is absolutely right!

The younger the child, the more likely that he will be able to naturally learn a foreign language simultaneously with their native!

Example – bilingual families (or families in bilingual countries or regions) where the child from infancy hears two or even several languages around them. Even if no one does or what methods he used on all in the family!

But suppose a real bilingualism in the family is quite rare. How to start teaching children English at the age of 3 years, if nobody is a native speaker?

If the parents themselves are to some extent proficient in English, they can simply in everyday situations and games to call the child a separate word. For example, giving the baby a Cup of to say about her “cup”, playing with a Teddy bear, call him “bear”, etc. After some time repeat the same words when the child re-take a Cup or Teddy bear.

Soon you will begin to hear English words from the man himself! Gradually complicate the task, when the child has accumulated at least a small vocabulary – say at the appropriate time phrases, phrase. For example, “the bear is sleeping now”, “the cup is hot”.

This, too, will be assimilated!

But that approach is troubling to many parents. First- will not start if the child is confused native and foreign?

Suddenly this will affect his literacy and will create problems, when to start teaching reading and writing (in Russian)? As the experience of families where a child is taught English at an early age, the confusion in the tongues really is: the baby can talk “mixed” sentences like, “Mom, there’s mouse ran!”, etc.

But! The older the child becomes, the less it happens, the confusion of tongues!

All children in bilingual families, growing up, fully shared languages. Literacy in writing and ease of reading instruction from early foreign General suffers rare – on the contrary, little suited to this stage more developed and clearly understands, what language he reads or writes.

The second reason to doubt a parent – and is it not a “haphazard” English later is bad because the child does not acquire grammar and speak correctly (albeit with a large vocabulary)? Maybe wait until he’s older, and to teach a child English by all the rules?

Answer – while the child is small, he really will say “how horrible”.

However, as a native Russian – young children and communicate: single words, shouts, sometimes confusing rules and their own language… But with age, listening to the speech of others, they cease to make mistakes in speech, yet never having seen the textbooks!

How to teach children English? If you hear that the kid tried to say some phrase and wrong, unobtrusive, correct, name is correct option. You can even indulge in long explanations of complex rules – let the child learns by hearing the correct sound.

When he was older, be able to explain all the rules – only, most likely, by the time he’s already most of them will know and correctly use!

Moreover, in order for a child to learn English, we should offer him as a toy all sorts of visual AIDS – cubes with the English letters and words, all sorts of posters, boards sets, magnetic letters, cards for teaching reading according to the method of Glenn Doman, English only, etc. It’s not training manuals as such, and indeed the early study of the English child should not be perceived as school – let it be part of his daily life, game!

How to teach children English at school age?

If you start to teach the child English in school (in most schools English starts in Junior high), then the training will take place already on the books with the teachers. But there is one problem – the English school, even a well-learned child, as a rule, bears no real communication with English-speaking foreigners. Simply – it is not “live”, not spoken, although quite correct.

How to make up for this lack of schooling? Best of all – communication with native speakers.

It may make sense to look for a language school or courses are foreigners. Also a common practice to help English learners – the so-called “conversation clubs”, where people gather to learn from textbooks and notebooks, and communicate and to play, often guests of the clubs are native speakers. This format of learning can be very interesting for the student (especially when basic knowledge of the language is already there and participate in a lively communication easy).

In summer you can make a child happy with a trip to “language camp”, where English is improving in games and fun summer pastime. Very cool – the journey to England or the United States, Canada… As practice shows, children of immigrants, for example, in constant communication with English-speaking peers in two-three months to learn English almost as a native, even if at home barely “dragging” it in school!

And by the way, if you’re still thinking about how to teach children English and it completely entrust this work to teachers and professors, the site guarantee another plus combines home schooling: parents in the process, learn it too!

Quite feasible task is first to understand yourself in some material and learn the words, and then to present it to the child and to chant along with him!

Author – Dasha Blinova, site

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