As our society becomes more and more global, many parents want their child to grow up being able to speak and understand English (foreign languages). For parents who can speak and understand English teaching their children is not a problem. However, what should a parent, who cannot speak or understand English do? In this article, we will introduce 4 methods that parents who don’t speak or understand English can use to teach their children English. Let’s try to incorporate English (foreign language) learning into our daily life as much as possible.
1.Listen to English nursery rhymes and songs
One disadvantage for parents who don’t speak English is that they cannot pronounce the words correctly. If you want your child to pick up the correct pronunciation, it is a good idea to have them listen to a native speaker. Using English nursery rhymes as BGM at home will help your child pick up the language naturally.
2.Watch English cartoons and DVDs
Watching English TV cartoons and DVDs makes English learning fun. It is a great opportunity for parents to brush up their English skills as well. It is important to create an environment that makes learning English fun for both parents and children.
Once children are used to hearing English at home, they will be able to start communicating in the language.
3. Read and speak simple words
Reading simple words and phrases in picture books will give your child the opportunity to practice the words he/she has heard in songs or on TV. The use of audio books with native speakers reading is a great way for children to practice their reading and listening skills. Children copy what they hear around them so providing this English language environment is essential for their learning. It is often effective to exchange morning and evening greetings in English on a regular basis. Repetition is important when learning a new thing, especially a language.
4. Writing their favorite alphabet
Once your child can listen, watch and speak English, it is time to introduce writing. For children who just started learning English, the alphabet is often a fun way to begin. Just like when you learn Hiragana, it is good to start with writing their name. When they get used to writing English then you can start adding familiar words and short phrases.
Just because you are not good at English does not mean that your children have to be. It is important to expose your child to English at home from an early age and make the learning process fun.
If you are worried about your pronunciation and cannot handle the textbooks on your own, it is a good idea to have them attend an English language school or preschool. At English language preschools and classes they will make new friends who are the same age and at the same English level which will make learning English fun. Learning from a native speaker will give them the opportunity to practice listening and speaking naturally which will be important for their future.
Whether they learn at home or outside the home it is important that English learning is made fun. You can try various methods and choose the one that best fits your child’s needs.