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It is not only common but also natural for parents to want their children to learn how to speak English, whether as a second language, or even a third or a fourth. The biggest challenge for everyone, even for teachers, is knowing how to go about making it fun so that children want to learn. Keep reading and I’ll show you how!
I have already published several books to help teach children of all ages, but this website is designed as a tool for those parents who wish their children to be able to speak English (an essential skill in today’s world) and therefore have a wider range of opportunities available to them.
My sister-in-law’s daughter, Julie, was my inspiration behind creating this website. Even with a bilingual mother and bilingual grandparents living next door, Julie is now struggling in secondary school. She would have been fluent by now if only her mother had had the right tools to help her. Like so many parents before her, Julie’s mother relied on the local primary school to give her child a foundation in English. After six years though, Julie still hadn’t moved beyond, “my name is Julie”! We are not talking about a little girl who had difficulty learning; she was at the top of her class. The biggest problem is that teachers in France are required to teach English, yet so many do not even speak it.
Speaking English is a gift you can give your child. It will make their future easier and will enrich their life. Wherever you live, you can’t always fight the educational system, but you can take matters into your own hands by finding a private tutor and giving them this web page or by doing the job yourself, without formal training.
All you need is time. Your child will show improvement only after 20 minutes, three times a week and even once a week is better off than they were before.
After years of studying foreign languages and teaching English, I know how important the early years are in helping your child get ahead.
So read on for some easy, actionable steps to help you and your child get to where you want to be!
How to teach a child to speak English.
Immediate steps you can take to help your child learn to speak English:
Sign up for our free games! These will allow your child to have fun while learning new vocabulary and grammar.
Even with our busy schedules as parents, just spending five minutes of quality time each day with your child will help them grow in invaluable ways. All it takes is the time to read up on one of the free games you will receive by email and then sitting with your child to explore the possibilities.
As a teacher, you will be able to use any of these games in your classroom, no matter the topic.
Watch these games in action on the website video at the top of this page!
You will be able to see with your own eyes that these games teach English in a fun and relaxed environment for your child.
For further growth and development, purchase my full one-on-one teaching resource.
Purchase the resource only once you are ready. Feel free to try out some of the free games first or buy the program today. Scroll down to find out more…
Your Attitude Counts
Be kind to your child. Don’t be critical, or worse, ridicule him or her for errors in pronunciation. Don’t imply that the child is inferior to others or slow to learn English. If you deflate your tyres before a road-trip, it’ll take longer to reach your destination and you likely won’t get there. The same will happen if you deflate your child’s ego.
It is only natural for a parent to be eager for their child to learn quickly, only to be frustrated with what may appear to seem like a setback or a lack of progress. What is important to remember, however, is that everything is new to your child, especially foreign sounds, even more so if the child only hears English during the lesson with you.
Through the use of child-friendly language games, role-playing, stories and songs, the following method places your child in a fun, safe and comfortable environment. This method is effective because it uses constant repetition without that repetition being monotonous or pointless.
Show your child encouragement through smiles and praise, whatever the outcome of the lesson.
Showing impatience or frustration with a child because he or she has forgotten the previous lesson will not only create feelings of inferiority but will also turn the child off learning English altogether.
Avoid competition or comparison between siblings like the plague.
Comparing siblings or creating competition between them will only turn out badly. This is not good for either child, and it will also only create feelings of resentment and jealousy between siblings.
Practice makes perfect, especially if done on a regular basis!
Children need constant repetition to remember vocabulary, so you will see far more progress with frequent short sessions, rather than infrequent long ones. Three sessions of twenty minutes are much more effective than one hour-long session. This is especially important with children learning English as a foreign language where the only English they hear is during their lessons.
Children need constant revision.
Games allow you to review themes and large amounts of vocabulary in a fun way that will help your child remember what they have learned.
Do not get bogged down by grammar!
Young children do not need to know the ins and outs, rules and exceptions of English grammar. They just need to know that they should say things a certain way, through games and conversation. Children learn naturally through immersion and not by learning rules. In this way, the correct grammar will come naturally. For example, your eight-year-old daughter does not need to know the rules behind the conditional tense in order to say; "I would like some water please."
This should come as a relief to all parents whether you are brilliant at teaching grammar or do not feel comfortable explaining grammar at all; just know that children are like sponges and will naturally “absorb” what they need to know.
A solid Foundation in English
Are you worried about whether or not your own English is good enough to teach your child?
How well should you speak English?
In an ideal situation, you would be a native English speaker teaching English to your child. But if you are not, you have a choice to make. You can do nothing and limit your child’s chance of becoming bilingual, or you can hire a native speaker to teach for you, or you can take charge yourself and do the job.
Hire a native tutor if you have the financial means and then help your child even further by practicing with them at home. If you do not have the means then, no matter what your own ability is like, it is considerably better than doing nothing.
What about pronunciation and foreign accents?
Let us not even get into dialects here. Consider that an enormous number of English teachers are not native speakers and have a foreign accent. This should not stop you from teaching, but make sure people can understand you and that the words are recognizable. Using a story resource with audio from native speakers like this one will be just the ticket to teach UK (British) and US (American) English. The story resource is a curriculum you may follow in conjunction with the book of one to one games that you can order lower down on this page.
What if you make errors with English?
Even native English speakers make mistakes! However, it is important, especially with beginners, to use correct grammar in sentences so be prepared before your lesson.
Where do you start and what do you teach?
The teaching resource available at the bottom of this page includes a recommended curriculum with vocabulary themes. These themes cover common topics and help you through the task of learning English in a logical manner. This is a great help to parents who are also beginners at teaching. For teachers, this resource can be a wonderful supplement to an existing curriculum.
Your child is a blank slate when it comes to learning English so try to fill the slate with quality material from the start!
Foreign accents in English can be charming so don’t fret if you have one. The most important thing in any language is to be understood.
Who is "Teach Your Child English" for?
This resource (found at the bottom of this page) is for teachers and parents teaching English on a one-on-one basis, or to siblings.
"I tried your one on one games and had an amazing result. My student was bursting with happiness. I'm very happy. Thank you!!!!" Khromykhina Olena, Ukraine.
What level of English does "Teach Your Child English" target?
This resource is designed for beginners to lower intermediates. The games teach new vocabulary and review previously learned vocabulary in fun ways. Basic English sentence and question structures are practiced through these games.
What ages is this resource meant for?
This resource is ideal for ages 4-12, though you may get started at 3 and spill over to 13 very easily. The difference is that with 3 year old children you will move through vocabulary and games much, much slower. And with older children you will whizz through games, and be able to teach spelling and writing. Feel free to practice on the free games first as a trial run.
Stories are also available to complement this book of games. There your curriculum is done for you, and children love the stories and songs. If you are teaching age TWO there is something to help you here: English for toddlers.
How long does it take?
The more often you make use of this resource, the more progress you will see. Please allow a minimum of 1 hour to read the introduction and watch one of the demo videos before getting started. After a few lessons with your child, you will only need 5 minutes to prepare.
Proof this method words, even for dyslexic children
“I could write you miles and miles of compliments, but I think there is only one word rich enough to express my full gratitude: THANK YOU! ??>
I started today with the younger girl and was very surprised. She managed to stay concentrated for more than half an hour, which is fantastic for a dyslexic. THANK YOU FROM ALL MY HEART!
Savinka Geratic, Slovenia”
- 2.15 hours of video demonstration lessons on how to teach a child to speak English.
- Video of two full lessons in action; one with a six-year-old and one with a twelve-year-old, both beginners and learning English as a foreign language. Plus >one hour of games in the book demonstrated.
- Follow the steps from start to finish – introducing new language, and practicing together in fun ways until the child is comfortable speaking English alone.
- Commentary provided for the video so you can understand what I am doing and why. Replicate these lessons at home and use them as a teaching foundation.
- Email support from Shelley if you get stuck (within limits of course – I can't plan all your lessons for you, but I can help you get started!)
- Instant access to 143 English language games for teaching a child.
- Download the PDF version of this book to your computer and make a backup copy so you always have it safe. Print it out if you like.
The games book is a download so you pay no postage – you receive everything by email immediately upon ordering through the secure order page. The videos are available to watch online.
If you prefer a papeback book you can get Teach Your Child on Amazon. Click here for direct links to the book on your preferred Amazon.
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This resource will allow you to teach your child English and spend quality time together. He or she will love the attention and learning with you.
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