3 Things You Can Do To Make Learning English Enjoyable
The mind of a child is like a sponge—it can soak up new information almost effortlessly. For this reason, many parents decide to expose their children to different languages while they are still young. Children have been created with such a curious and programmable mind that is ripe for learning.
However, as children are acquiring a new language, parents and teachers should be cognizant of more than just what
information is being learned. There also needs to be a sensitive awareness of the how
the information is being learned.
For children, learning should be engaging, interactive, and enjoyable
. So here are 3 things you can do to make learning English enjoyable:
- Play Learning Games
There is so much evidence to support the importance of play in a child’s learning. Along with their ability to learn, children have been created with an innate desire and need to play. So as you approach your English curriculum, ask yourself the following questions: Will this lesson/activity make my child excited or bored? Will this lesson/activity encourage my child to move around or keep them confined to a chair? Will this lesson/activity involve a fun, thought-provoking challenge or a mundane memorization task? Will this lesson/activity be one they look forward too or dread in the future?
There are endless amounts of English learning games available on the internet. Don’t be afraid to search for them and to try out new activities that will make your child eager to learn English!
- Tailor Learning to Personal Interests
As a parent, we have a pretty keen sense of what our children like. So use this to your advantage when you design English lessons. If your child is interested in animals, teach them English vocabulary about animals. Allow them to read books in English about animals. Encourage them to create a puppet show in English about animals! Find ways to incorporate their personal interests into the learning and they will be far more engaged.
- Celebrate Progress
Learning a new language is scary
sometimes—especially when it comes to speaking! Therefore, sensitivity and praise are both key aspects of English instruction. If all a child hears when attempting to recall, write, or speak a word in English is “No. That’s not correct”, then he or she will lose self-esteem as well as motivation to learn. A child’s progress, no matter how small, needs to be celebrated! Take time throughout every lesson and at the end of every lesson to make them aware of what they did well. It’s even a good idea to establish a system of rewards to positively emphasize your child’s learning milestones. Did they read through an entire book without making an error? Reward them with a visit to the ice cream shop! Did they complete an impressive project? Take them to see a movie! Let them know that their learning matters
. As you consistently commend their progress, they will be encouraged to continue reaching their learning goals.
As your child works hard to acquire the English language, make sure their learning is entertaining, personalized, as well as highly-valued along the way.