1. Flashcards - Flashcards are helpful when learning any new language because they form a connection between the picture, number, or letter on the flashcard with the actual English word. They also make it easy to quiz kids so that you can monitor how much progress they’re making.
2. Apps - Smartphones make learning anything easy, languages included. You can download a variety of different apps that allow kids to play games, take quizzes, and listen to audio clips that will teach them everything from correct English grammar and punctuation to word pronunciations to how to count numbers and recite the alphabet.
3. Computer games - Playing English-teaching computer games makes learning English fun because kids think of it more as a game and less as a language lesson. Many games let kids progress in levels as they progress in their understanding of the language, making it an interesting way to challenge kids to get better at speaking and understanding the language.
4. Hire an English speaking nanny or au pair - By hiring a nanny or an au pair that speaks English to watch your kids you expose them to not only the language, but many times also the culture, giving kids a more comprehensive understanding of the language, the food, and the customs. Because they will spend the majority of their days with the nanny or au pair they’ll be able to learn the language more quickly than if they were just learning from a book or online resource.
5. Listen to different things in English - Listening to books on tape, radio stations, television shows, and movies are all great ways to inundate your kids in the English language. Visual cues can help them associate words with the corresponding pictures, conversations can help kids understand social interactions, and books on tape can help your kids hear a sentence in their native tongue followed by the English variation of it, allowing them to piece together the connections between the two.
By immersing your kids in the English language in as many different ways as possible you increase their chances of learning the language quickly and understanding it more than if they were only exposed to one way of learning.
This is a guest post by Monta Fleming. Monta the mother of three children serves as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance. She is a regular contributor of “nanny jobs”. You can get in touch with her at montafleming6Atgmail dotcom.
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