9 Killer ways to teach a child English at home

Language is the one thing that binds all of us together. No matter where one comes from we connect to every other person through languages. But, like everything else, it’s not uniform.

But, when it comes to the real competitive world, English as a global language gets the job done. If a person has this language advantage over others, then it gives them the edge to them and a sense of confidence.

In this article you will learn “how to teach a child english at home”.

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Learning a language starts early in our life and getting used to the English language isn’t a hard task for a child. Things get messed up when a child has to learn English in a non-English environment.

Parents help turn around this barrier for kids and they alone can make it work out for them to learn English which in their day to day networking, is as uncommon as an elephant on a person’s back.

Children are like clay and can be moulded by parents in the best of ways.


Sure shot tricks to teach children English

#1 Practice

how to teach a child english at home
how to teach a child english at home

This task usually comes at a later stage, but to lay most emphasis on this point, it topped the list. This is so important that the whole article can be written on this step only.

All the steps listed here are very important, but “practice” makes it or breaks it.

Especially in a society which has a language other than English, it is very, very demanding for parents to practice speaking English and do the same with their kids.

  • All the nuances will get filled up while practising.
  • More practice will lead to more checks on errors.
  • It will build a good vocabulary for your kids and this in turn will immensely be fruitful for them.

#2 Simple language

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tips on how to teach a child to speak english

A child is new to the world and language learning is one of the tasks that he has to get a hang of, and parents are supposed to be an enabler to them for acing this up.

If at this stage, the words and sentences are complex then it will create huge problems for them.

  • Simplicity goes slow, but far.
  • Easier to understand and easy to use word will make the whole process of learning language easier.
  • Simple words are going to stick with them for a long time.
  • More it will be less difficult for kids to recall the right words at the right time.

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#3 Small sentences related to their chores

Whatever children talk about, things that they do or games they play, they want people to be attentive(most of all their parents).

Responding to them should always be in small words otherwise they won’t get it at all.

Suppose they are drinking water, then ask “what are you drinking?” instead of some really long and complex combination of words.

This is literally a “small” step, but a step in the right direction. Small sentences are always comprehensible and they will be able to answer them if they understand them.

Responding will instil confidence in them and next time they will be willing to answer often.


#4 Speak slowly with them

If you happen to speak fast, then be ready to face blank faces of your children, because no one can reply without getting the context, let alone kids.

Parents need to speak in a way so that every word coming out of their mouths gets through their ears and enters their minds clearly.

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#5 Always get them to reply in English

Many times during the conversation with little lads, they come out with vernacular words and it’s not bad.

But, if you are trying to teach them English then knock them and ask them to speak in English, they will understand it and respond as expected.


#6 Repeat sentences

Kids can sometimes or many times are tough to deal with and when you try talking to them, they don’t reply at all.

It is because this deal is new for them, so it’s on the parents to be patient.

Try repeating sentences and you have to do it a lot of times, but believe me, it works.

Once what you are trying to convey is digested by their tiny wondrous brain, they will respond accordingly.


#7 Work on their listening skills

Listening has always been involuntary to everyone who can listen, same goes for babies.

Even when they are on the cradle and don’t mutter anything but crying, at that point also their listening sense works.

While infancy they can’t process it, but listening at that time works wonders to your wards.

Try to be more and more audible to them, this will help them get a hang of the language and it won’t make the language alien to them when they start speaking it.


#8 Make a topic dramatic to appeal their interests

All the leaders, rulers, or even ruthless dictators who had people’s support had this ability.

They tend to make simple sentences more dramatic and filled with enthusiasm, thus swaying over the population.

Do the same with kids by making the simple sentences filled enthusiastically with more emphasis and dramatic tones and get them actively involved in the conversations.

It will get their undivided attention and will improve their speaking on a whole.


#9 Peer engagement

how to teach a child english at home
how to teach a child english at home

What would be better than having friends the same age, liked by you and speaking the same language?

It will help children push their limits to communicate better with them, know the value of friendships and while playing with them, they will learn teamwork.

Get them in a group where the whole group is speaking English and see things working out yourself.


PRO-TIPS which goes a long way

  • Complete their sentences : It mostly happens in the initial phase that they get stuck, so completing their sentences will give them context
  • Engage them in any work and make sure conversation is in English. e.g., it could be rhyming, poetry, storytelling, e.t.c.
  • Get them to watch cartoons in english but for short intervals because it really works.
  • Always make your conversation session interactive and a visual retreat, so that it remains in their subconscious for a long time.
  • Follow Step 1 for the most crucial part viz. Practice.

Concluding Note

Things that seem so difficult always have a way to work out in the end. 

Getting impatient won’t work in your favour, your child learning a new language calls for a lot of you. 

Going through these tips will certainly help because it is tried and tested. Follow these and see your kids flying like colours.

I hope my article “how to teach a child english at home” helped you.

Tell me in the comment which technique you are going to apply first.

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