4 Actions Parents Should Avoid When Encouraging their Child to Learn English (Foreign Language)

2018.05.18

Although one can learn English (foreign language) when they become an adult, like swimming and piano it is much easier to learn a new language when one is young. As a result, many parents encourage their children to learn English (foreign language) as soon as possible. However, sometimes parents’ actions actually cause their child to dislike the language. In this article, we will introduce some NG actions that parents take without knowing it.

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4 NG Actions Taken By Parents that May Lead Their Child to Dislike English

1. Asking them “what did you learn today?”

As parents, we are always interested in finding out what our child learned and what they did during school or extracurricular lessons. However, vague questions like these are hard for children to answer. If you want to see what they learned, it is a good idea to ask to see their text. Then if you need further information, you can ask them a specific question about what is written in the textbook. For example, “Today, you learned about fruits. Which fruit names do you remember?” This type of question is easier for children to answer. When your child answers correctly, make sure to praise them for studying so well.

2. Forcing them to take lessons that they are not interested

English, like swimming and piano, is easier to pick up when young. However, if a child is forced to take lessons when he/she is not interested, it will be difficult for him/her to learn effectively. A child who likes learning Piano and practices will be much better at playing than a child who hates going to the lessons. Instead of starting lessons when your child is not interested, it is better to wait until he/she shows interest.

3. Not showing interest in English and Overseas topics

English learning material and lesson contents often include overseas topics. When children show interest in how people live around the world and global culture, it is important that parents show interest in overseas topics as well. A desire to learn about daily life and culture abroad is a great motivation to study English (foreign language) so parents should support these interests instead of lessening the importance. When possible, parents should research about foreign countries with their child and make them even more excited about learning English and foreign culture.

4. Belittling their child’s English ability

Children’s English (foreign language) is often grammatically incorrect. However, if parents are constantly correcting their child (for not using the past tense correctly, for not using the plural tense correctly, etc.) he/she will not feel comfortable using the language in front of others. As a result, they will end up disliking the language in general. Even if they make some mistakes, it is important that parents praise their child for trying to speak the language in front of them and using the vocabulary that they remember. They will eventually learn the correct grammar so when children are young it is more important for them to gain self-confidence and enjoy using the language.

English (foreign language) is a popular lesson for younger children but first it is important to confirm if your child is interested or not. To encourage your child to like taking the lessons, please help make the learning fun and show interest in what your child is studying.

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