Today, in the job market, it is essential to speak English. Every effort is made to teach children the language of Shakespeare.
Families choose to promote English learning to their children through music, songs and cartoons.
Some families are lucky enough to have a level of English that allows them to interact with their children by devoting time to them in their daily lives.
English is a completely different language from French, its origin is Germanic which has both structural and phonetic consequences, for example, English uses twelve pure vowels and eight diphthongs. Learning this language from an early age helps children familiarize themselves with and learn these new sounds.
What can be put in place to help children better assimilate a foreign language?
The main guideline is the emotional connection between children and the people they learn with, supplemented by their innate curiosity and positive reinforcement, but can we add extra motivation?
5 tips to help children learn English
Follow a routine
We already know that our children like routine and that they need in their lives to feel safe and comfortable in such a vast world. Knowing what time of day they will spend in English and what activities they will participate in, and in what order. These landmarks help them a lot to define the moments and enjoy them.
You can read them a story every night in English, do an English-only activity like drawing or cooking, or ask them every night to tell you about their day. The vocabulary will be repeated over the days and will be enriched with new words.
Learn songs by miming
The songs are perfect for learning English as they can be repeated until the child knows the vocabulary. They also offer a good model of pronunciation to children, which will allow them to better develop their hearing.
If you also offer them videos with choreographed actions, they will have a lot of fun, they will copy the movements and little by little, and without realizing it, they will understand what they are singing with what they are dancing.
Stories in English offer a double benefit: they reinforce a love of reading and improve a child's vocabulary and understanding of the language. The ideal is also to share time with him while we read these stories together, which improves our bond with the child.
YouTube remains a great ally, as does Netflix or other platforms offering children's content in original version. Indeed on these platforms, we have many resources adapted to the age of the child. For older children, there is subtitled content that helps them reinforce what they have learned while improving their writing skills. For younger children, there is content in English that helps them memorize vocabulary and easy expressions.
Encourage your child to do research on English sites on his passions or current topics.
A magazine is specially designed to adapt to their level and their areas of interest, it's a good way to practice your English gently, enrich your vocabulary while cultivating and having fun.
Interactive games are an excellent tool that offers the possibility:
Why choose HEBE ADVENTURES to organize your child's language exchange?
Choosing to send your child on a language exchange can be daunting - that's why it helps to have friendly support to guide you through this process. This is where HEBE Adventures comes in! When you register your child for a language exchange on our site, we provide you with the following services:
Language stays in Ireland with a host family are the best solution for your child to discover the culture of the country in question while speaking a new language on a daily basis. He will then be directly in contact with a way of life that he did not know or knew very little about before. Orally, significant progress can then be noted from the second week of the stay in general. A very enriching experience from all points of view that your child will remember forever!
The selection we make to choose Irish host families is based above all on the network we have in Ireland which makes up our range of stays. Our local correspondents, present all year round on site, work intensively to select the families with whom your child will certainly feel comfortable during his language stay in Ireland. Our requirements and our seriousness allow us to offer you very high quality family language stays, where your child will enjoy himself while learning a new language.
At Hebe, our very complete range of language stays for children and teenagers allows you to make your choice throughout the year. You can be sure that your child will benefit from a program perfectly adapted to his requirements as well as to yours. If you want more information, you can go directly to our website to compare our language courses in Ireland.
In addition, with HEBE Adventures, your child's language exchange in order to be bilingual in English can be normal or intensive, at the pace you want. On the other hand, our English-speaking host families provide the children with a package of services, accommodation and meals, excursions and social activities as well as authentic cultural immersion in their everyday life.
So you can fully trust HEBE Adventures to find the perfect English pen pal for your child's language exchange in Ireland, so you can both have a great holiday and have an English accent at the same time.
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