As parents, we all want our children to
succeed and seize every possible opportunity that is presented to them.
And English is so important in today’s world. So, many parents are curious about
how to teach their children English. In this video, I’ll share my best tips for
teaching English to kids, most of which are based on what I have in store
for my own two sons. Lots of people ask me how to teach
their children English and actually, a few months ago, my oldest son told me he would love to start learning English. And you can imagine how joyful I was when I heard that. I’ll use English as a personal example, but the tips I’m going to talk about can be
used for any foreign language. The first tip I usually give is to remember
that we’re dealing with children. Therefore, always keep it fun! The biggest mistake you can make is
to force them to study or work on boring activities. This could make them develop
negative feelings about English and create an obstacle rather than an ally. Let me give you some examples of things you could do: Watch English movies or cartoons with your children. Buy them some comics in English
with their favorite characters. Use interactive activities and modern tools,
like mobile apps and web platforms. And, generally speaking, encourage your kids to turn any activity they love into an opportunity to practice and create a strong emotional
bond with the language. No matter what your own proficiency is
like, you can teach your children some English. Don’t worry if you lack vocabulary, make mistakes
or have bad pronunciation. Your goal isn’t to be their primary teacher, but make them excited about practicing and, again, build a strong emotional
bond with the language. They love you, so they will love
communicating with you in any language. You could decide to speak English
together while eating or read an English story before bed every night.
You might also choose to dedicate one or more hours of your weekend to practice
English together. And I know that it will be weird at the beginning, but we’re
creatures of habit so I can assure you that after a while it will become more
than natural. And actually, they will think of speaking another language with
you like a game. Speaking of games, we recently recorded a video in which we say that gamification can be a bad thing if your only purpose is to have fun.
But as a matter of fact, for children, making the learning process more like a game,
or incorporating actual games into the learning process, can be the key to
learning faster. For example: my son loves board games, so now that I’m really
satisfied with the level he has reached in the three languages he’s learning, I’m
starting to play board games in English with him. I owe that to another polyglot of our team, Samuel, who decided to play the game
UNO with his children in Spanish and this has proved a very good way to teach
another language to his children. If your child loves video games, for example, try
playing with them. They will never get bored doing something they love, even if
it’s in another language. In another video, I talked about the
TPRS method, which stands for “Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and
Storytelling.” This method should not be confused with the TPR method, which
stands for “Total Physical Response,” and it’s what I’ll talk about now.
The idea is that we can memorize things more easily when we associate them with movement.
Movement is one of the things many memory experts use to
remember things better. So how exactly does this method work? When you speak English with
your children, try to act out what you say, and emphasize your words with movement.
This is really easy for us Italians, because we usually use a lot of gestures… For example: if you are talking about eating,
then mimic the act of eating. If you say “I’d love to sleep,” “I’d like to sleep,”
use this motion as you say. Check out the article below for more
ideas and suggestions. So let me sum up my tips for
teaching English to your children: Keep it fun, learn together, turn
the learning process into game and try out the TPR method. If you need more inspiration and ideas,
let me give you a bonus tip: a friend of mine uses paper flashcards
to learn vocab with his son. You could do the same, and even create
your own flashcards. I’m planning to do the same with my son,
since he’s only four years old and I’d like to keep him away
from screens for another couple of years. If you have teenagers, listening to and working your way through an addictive story, like MosaSeries, can be a great activity to do together. That’s all for today. I wish you and your children the very best in your
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