By Singapore Teaching Centre, British Council

26 June 2023 - 09:00

Four fun and creative ways to teach spoken English to children

The ability to confidently express oneself in English opens a world of opportunities. Achieving native fluency not only enriches the academic journey but also equips children to effectively communicate in diverse real-world scenarios. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing creative learning tips for English for children. 

Fluency in spoken English is a necessary skill that goes beyond the classroom. It prepares your children to interact with English speakers from around the globe in various situations. Whether it's travelling abroad, studying in an English-speaking university, or thriving in a global work environment, the ability to converse fluently in English paves the way for success.

Here are some of the top tips for teaching English to children.

At-home 'show and tell'

One effective way of teaching spoken English at home is through 'show and tell' sessions. This interactive activity encourages children to express their thoughts and ideas in English, thereby improving their speaking skills. A great way to try this out is by asking your child to share what they love about their favourite toys.

Having English conversations

Incorporating English into daily routines like mealtime conversations not only enhances language skills but also makes learning fun and natural. Setting aside time to incorporate English conversations for kids as part of everyday learning can do wonders for developing their language skills. For instance, asking kids to describe what their day was like at dinner time. 

Reading English books together

Reading a story together is an ideal setting to practise pronunciation, learn new words, and improve language comprehension. Books take English learning beyond textbooks by introducing them to stories that spur their personal learning journey at a suitable level, which will make reading all the more fun for them. There are all sorts of children's books to peak your child’s interest, from illustrated literature to real-world non-fiction.

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Practising pronunciation through songs and rhymes

Hearing others speak eloquent English and mimicking their manner of speaking is a great way to improve pronunciation. This makes songs and rhymes great tools for teaching English. They are not only fun but also aid in learning pronunciation, rhythm, and vocabulary.

The British Council in Singapore’s course

The British Council in Singapore offers an excellent Secondary English course, designed to develop essential skills and proficiencies to thrive in a global world and learn English for the real world.  Find out what to look for with English tuition for secondary students in Singapore

Learn more about English for children with the British Council in Singapore’s Secondary English courses.