The sooner you teach your child English the better he will be at it and the more rewards he can get from the entire experience. The only problem to this approach is of course, the time and availability of your child. While the experience can be made into an exciting one that will certainly get the attention of your kid, transforming free time into a chore can shortly backfire and your child won’t just have a difficult time learning, but he might shy away from learning other languages in the future.
This is why it is important to make the English learning process a fun and pleasant experience, one that will certainly teach your child the English language but also one that will make him open and excited at the prospect of learning more languages when he grows up.
Don’t Make Learning A New Language A Chore
The first and quite possibly most important tip is that you shouldn’t make your child think that learning English is a chore, a boring activity or something he is forced to do. Find out what your child loves to do and try to incorporate the basics of the English language into it.
If your son likes playing with cars try to teach him the English equivalent of his toys, his interests and so on. Spend time with him and try to slowly change the dynamic of your playtime into an English spoken experience. This way he will associate the entire process as a fun experience that isn’t replacing his free time.
Another key issue when it comes to teaching your small one the English language is knowing what to expect. Don’t think you can take a similar approach to the way an adult learns the language. Grammar, syntax or other more complex issues of learning a second language are quite hard for children to memorize, and will only end up boring them. The key thing you should focus on is vocabulary, and as much of it as you possibly can. Focus on teaching your kid the English equivalent of words he often uses or of activities he is interested in.
Non-Dubbed Cartoons Are Your Best Friend
Another way to cleverly incorporate English materials when spending time with your child is to watch non-dubbed, English spoken cartoons and also have short talks with your kid in order to make sure he understands enough of the storyline in order to not get bored.
Once he learns even a small number of words you should try and talk to him in English as much as possible. Ask questions that you know he can answer in English and reward his enthusiasm and knowledge. This way you will encourage him to learn more words and use what he already knows as much as possible.
Depending on your child’s age and character you should always adapt your teaching techniques so that he doesn’t get bored and actually makes progress. Constantly rewarding his successes and keeping the entire experience light and fun is essential.