Why teaching English to your kids is the smartest investment you can make
Learning a language is like learning to salsa dance. It is so much easier when you start young.
It does not mean you can’t start late but learning a language or dancing or playing golf becomes so much easier when you build that muscle memory from a younger age.
And the great news is more and more parents are starting to understand this and are encouraging their children to start learning a second or even third language when they are young.
As a English Speaking Course with a global presence, we have certainly started to see a huge increase in interest for our “English for kids” and “English for families” programs.
In fact, in the last few months, we have probably received more requests to expand our English Classes For Kids than we have for adult programs.
The tricky part is to pick the right Spoken English course for your kids.
There are thousands of local English classes that only teach basic grammar and vocabulary.
There are other English language institutes that conduct elocution classes that teach the wrong pronunciation.
Most English courses teach the English language through memorization.
English classes for children should not be teaching syllables or vowel sounds.
That is not how kids learn languages.
Kids learn languages by using them, not studying them
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English Classes For Kids – Why Teach Kids English early?
So why are we strong advocates of teaching kids English when they are young?
Firstly, think of how you learned your native (first) language?
As a child, did someone teach you how to pronounce different sounds or did you just “get it” based on what you hear?
Were you given any accent training when you were learning your first language?
Of course not!
The same thing is true when you start exposing your child to the English language at a very young age.
At Spoken English Practice, we work non-native English speaking children between ages 3 and 17 and we have found tremendous success on how quickly they have absorbed the English language. In fact some of these children who have worked with our Native English speaking partners have started speaking English better than their “first” language!
We have used this method with great success all around the world.
Checkout our case studies on how we helped schools and Israel and Singapore take their English classes to the next level by using our Native English teachers to help with pronunciation and fluency training.
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Our English Classes For Kids
So what do we do different in our English classes for kids than what we do in our adults or business English courses?
Our approach, fundamentally, does not change. We focus on conversational English and on getting kids to talk about various subjects – whether it is cartoons, school, sports, siblings or learning to how to ride a bike.
We keep the conversations very “real” by keeping interruptions at a minimum. One difference between the English classes for kids and adult English classes is that in the kids program, we will use a lot more visual materiel like pictures or videos to get kids to start talking.
Overall, what we try to re-create is an environment similar to what your kids would experience if they went to day care, pre-school or middle school in an English speaking country.
Obviously, we will not be able to immerse them in English 24/7 but the what we have found is that continuous and high intensity weekly English lessons over Skype definitely have a strong impact in helping non native children master English at a young age.
Most younger students struggle with proper use of vocabulary in real life conversations. The best way to solve this problems is to give students the chance to use vocabulary with personalized examples something they can relate to. This is why we create a 100% conversational study method even for English classes for children.
There is no need to memorize grammar! Kids have an natural ability to learn language patterns o they can things like prepositions and phrasal verbs naturally.
English classes for Families
Also, we have now started a new family English program where the whole family (up to 5 members) can practice English with a native English speaker. This is a great program specially if your kids are very young (below the age of 6) but you want them to get acclimatized to native English accents from the start.
Students learn to open their mouths, open their minds and open their hearts. We learn to tell personal stories about our parents and families. We teach kids to talk about things that happened at school and during the week. This is where our teachers are specially trained to gain trust with younger students and let them find their voice and develop confidence.
The key to fast language learning is confidence. The conversational method we use for English Classes For Kids installs confidence in the students that they can speak English even if they make a small mistake or too.
Learn English Speaking with Practice
Grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation are NOT the best ways to learn English.
These are segmented, not integrated, and while they are important, they do not teach learners how to interact in English.
This is why most English courses and elocution classes for kids fail to improve fluency.
Speaking, listening, reading, and writing are the BEST ways for learners to learn English because they are USING the language.
Practice transforms theoretical knowledge into contextual knowledge and thus by applying your knowledge into every day use, children will then be able to remember the theorem better.
By transforming the virtual classroom into a safe space for students to practice with confidence, this will then enable them to take the first and hardest step – which is to simply practice.
The main thing is encouraging fluency and building confidence, than working on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. When you practice English speaking with natives you will absorb the correct accent and grammar naturally. This is specially true in English classes for kids.
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to learn more about how to join this program or book classes directly on our website.