It is known that many children learn English (and other languages) for the sake of good grades or because «mom said so».
However, to achieve the best results, the child himself must want to know the language. Despite the fact that children are much better absorb information faster and remember it, they must understand why they need it, especially in an area such as learning a new language.
How to get your attention?
The installation of «knowing English, you will be able in 20 years to find a prestigious job» or «the English language will help you in adult life to communicate with people from different countries» is unlikely to be a strong motivation for a 7-10 year old child. Instead, it is better to say that knowledge of the language will get you so many opportunities to explore our world, you will be able to watch the new cartoons and read the most interesting books that have not yet translated into Russian language. That is, you need to use what is important to the child now, for example:
- Install English as the primary language on the computer he uses;
- Buy addicting Board games in English;
- Include favorite cartoons and movies in English;
- Go to a concert of his favorite English-language artist, and then offer to learn the lyrics of his songs;
- Give your child a colorful book about his Hobbies in English: about space, football, fashion, favorite actors.
Learn English through games
Since an early age the child learns for the most part in a game format, it is necessary to bring him to learning English through games. You can select his favorite toy, to tell me what they are called together to compose a story of their life in English. Many parents and teachers use tactics combinations of visual, auditory and tactile perception, giving the child the opportunity to hear, see and touch the object that you wish to learn. This method helps to speed up memorizing of new words and expressions and help children to learn new material, as it will be interesting to learn more of the names of his favorite things.
Many children love to guess something. Take the well-known game where the forehead is molded a piece of paper with the name of a famous person/hero movie or cartoon, and the child needs, asking questions to guess who he is. Of course, the questions and answers must be in English.
A significant part of our life with various gadgets in his hands. Many children almost from the cradle are familiar with phones and tablets. Download the Internet program or game that helps to learn English. Now, there are many options, including free that and to entertain, and form children. The child will be interested in receiving points in the game and he will not notice as you will learn many new words and structures.
From simple to complex
When we begin to explore a new sphere for us, whether a foreign language or engineering, we always start with the basics, gradually increasing the load. Also with children, start with simple words and structures, do not overload the child, if you see that he is not doing and be sure to praise for each successful step.
Don’t forget about school!
If the child is in school, you must also pay attention to how English is taught there. There are a number of things that not only help to inspire and motivate a child a foreign language, but on the contrary, discourage it all the desire to learn new things.
For example, in many Russian schools the majority of classes are given on a dry memorizing boring rules and exceptions to them. Little kids talking on interesting topics, but only have them down regular texts and dialogues. Of course, it is useful, however often the theory comes at the expense of spoken language.
Also, in schools, as a rule, almost no creative component. Teachers rarely offer children to watch a movie, sing and translate a famous song, to play scenes from movies and cartoons in English. Meanwhile, this format not only promotes excellent retention of new material, but also instills in the child the interest and love to a new culture.
Pay special attention to the points that schools do not practice and exercise with your child in these areas to understand that teaching is not just boring rote learning of rules and the execution of similar exercises, but also the opportunity to take a new approach to your favorite games and creative activities.
Be sure to praise!
Don’t forget that mistakes make everything, especially in a difficult task like learning a foreign language. Blame for them in any case is not necessary. Instead, try to figure out what is the cause of the error and what you need to do to make it not happen again. Don’t forget to praise children even for the small victories, that’s exactly what it appears the motivation for further study. You will notice that the child will become more diligent and hardworking. Focus on the positive aspects, and not on the mistakes.
Remember that no matter what, parents will in any case remain for the child the most important and influential people. The child must see that you are interested in what he’s doing. More engaged together, organize family competitions and contests in English, and success will not keep itself waiting long!