How to help your Child with English

English is a complicated language. But, like any language, it can be learned if the student is motivated and self-disciplined. With those two qualities in mind, you can easily help your child learn and understand the English language.

First, the key to succeeding in any language is to make use of it daily. Try to incorporate English into your daily life by reading English books once a day, watching English-spoken television for at least thirty minutes a day, or using English words to describe objects that are used on a daily basis. The media is an especially useful tool for learning new languages. Television, in particular, is appealing especially to children, so that using television as an educational tool is more feasible than, say, using a composition workbook.

If your child is an ESL student (English as a Second Language, or ESL), then do things at home that will complement the activities done at school. This includes using vocabulary cards or using computer programs. One great computer program uses a microphone to check for pronunciation and grammar.

Make sure that your child is reading a few pages of an English book at least once a day. Make it more fun and more effective by having your child read aloud every other day. This exercises the jaw muscles (as well as the vocalization of the words) so that it is easier to speak. Different languages make different use of the muscles in the mouth, and it is important to be able to shape the words correctly.

Also, have your child write in English at least a couple of times a week. This is not including any homework assigned by the teacher. Practicing writing in English will not only improve vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar, but also in the way that your child thinks. In order to be fluent in English, your child must be able to think in English, quickly enough to form the words, either orally or written, so that it becomes “natural.”

Helping your child learn English well is not a difficult task. If you live in a predominantly English-speaking country, then you will have no trouble at all. Even if you don’t, you can succeed in helping your child learn English well just by following the three forms of fluency: writing, reading, and understanding. Makes sure that your child practices every day and learns how to think in English. If the brain is already assuming that way of thinking, the rest of the body will follow, including the mouth.