Let’s use conversation to help our children learn English!

2019.07.29

With the government decision to make English a mandatory subject from 2020, many Japanese parents are encouraging their children to learn English before they enter elementary school. There are many ways to support your child’s English learning. However, in this article we will discuss the importance of conversation. Families who are worried about their child’s English education should consider the tips in this article.

Let’s use conversation to help our children learn English!

When should children start learning English? 
Many parents are not sure when they should start their child with English lessons. We often hear that it is important to start developing English skills from birth.
However, the most important sign is whether your child is motivated to learn English or not. No matter how early you start, if your child is not interested, they will not improve.
Therefore, the best time to start is when your child first shows an interest.
Singing and listening to English songs as a family is a great way to get your child interested in learning English.
Leaving the pace up to your child, will help him/her enjoy English more.

Why is important to provide an environment to use English
Students get better at English (or other foreign language) by speaking it.
Children don’t worry about remembering the grammar or vocabulary before talking. They pick up the phrases and words naturally through conversation. For this reason, reading English children’s books and listening to music will help children get used to hearing English but not teach them how to communicate.
To learn a language output is required in addition to input. If parents create an open environment, children will begin to talk in English without thinking about it.
It is important to provide the appropriate environment at home to encourage your child to speak in English.

Take advantage of English language classes
When it is difficult to create an English environment at home, it is a good idea to take your child to early childhood classes held in English.
At these classes, your child will enjoy fun games and songs in English. Also, if the school has native English teachers, children can listen to native English pronunciation.
They can also experience international events such as Halloween and Christmas, which will teach them about foreign cultures.
Learning English from a young age, will help children develop a good image of English.

It is hard to learn English just through reading and writing. It is important to provide an environment where they can practice English speaking and listening.
This is a reason why it is a good idea to attend early childhood classes in English with your child. Let’s enjoy learning English as a family.

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