Teaching English to children can be challenging to parents. How can you motivate them to use the language often?
We have come up with five tips to motivate your child to speak the language.
4. PROVIDE MEANINGFUL SITUATIONS
Children love role-playing and using their imagination. Suggest some situations, such as at the toy shop, on the bus, at the restaurant, etc. and ask your child to choose. Take turns playing different roles (e.g. customer and shopkeeper) and give language support as necessary. If they use phrases in their first language, don’t forget to repeat what they have said in English. Gradually your child will produce more of the speaking parts in the dialogues.
Make-believing the situation creates an immediate need to use English for your child. This also motivates them to use it in similar activities and events, thus boosting their confidence to use the language more. When you create a situation, try to use real objects (plates and cutlery for a restaurant) to increase their involvement in the game.
Remember: the more enthusiastically you play your role, the more motivated your child will be!
5. FIND WAYS FOR YOUR CHILD TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS IN ENGLISH
Having a genuine reason to communicate in English provides a high level of motivation. If possible, enrol your child in English classes that are designed to develop your child’s confidence in communicating in English. A classroom environment is the perfect setting for your child to learn English with their fellow children. Once they have gained enough confidence at school, your child will be able to use the language at home.