By Singapore Teaching Centre, British Council

07 September 2016 - 12:49

Did you know that learning English can start at home? 

Yes, it’s possible even if your own English is not perfect—grammar will come in later, at school. The first and most important thing a parent can do is to expose your child to the language and make them feel enthusiastic about it. 

These tips won’t make your child start speaking English immediately. Be patient and they will begin to speak the language in their own time.

1. Establish a routine

Children are creatures of habit. They feel more comfortable and confident when they know what to expect. Try to schedule your activities at the same time every day. Play an English game after school or read an English story before bedtime. Repetition is essential – children often need to hear words and phrases many times before they feel ready to produce them themselves.

To hold your child’s attention longer every day, it is better to have short, frequent sessions with your child than long, infrequent ones. Fifteen minutes is enough for very young children. Gradually make sessions longer as your child gets older and their concentration span increases.

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2. Make it interactive

There’s a reason why nursery rhymes and children’s books are easily memorable: they are interactive! While nursery rhymes mix fun gestures and words to animate songs, attractive illustrations and bright colours give life to children’s books. 

Make sure to use these interactive materials in your activities to develop their listening and reading skills at home. Remember: children learn naturally when they are having fun!  

Learn more on English courses and camps for kids and teens

Do you know that the British Council offers English courses for adults? As a parent, you can also learn English with the British Council while your child attends our courses.