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There has never been a language as widely spoken as English, and it is the nearest thing there has ever been to a global language.
Being a global language, every parent wants their child to be fluent in English. It is essential to develop English-speaking skills in the child’s early years of education. Technology has made it easier to develop language skills, but it is important for parents to spend a considerable amount of time with their child at home to improve their language skills.
In this article, we’ll discuss a few ways in which you can improve your child’s Spoken English skills.
1. Watch English TV Shows and Cartoons
Kids love to watch cartoons. You can use these cartoons and TV shows to help your child learn spoken English. Flintstones, SpongeBob Square Pants, Mickey Mouse, and Peppa Pig are some good examples of cartoons.
2. Sing and Listen to English Songs
If your child prefers singing or listening to music, get them hooked on to English music. The repetitive pattern of the songs help children memorize the words, enhance their vocabulary and learn the pronunciation of certain words.
3. Play Word Games
Word games is exciting and engaging way to develop your child’s vocabulary. When you make playing word games a daily routine, you are not only enhancing your child’s vocabulary, but you are also helping them increase their word knowledge.
4. Read Bedtime Stories Aloud
Children love to listen to bedtime stories. These stories are not only entertaining but are powerful language-learning opportunities to teach spoken English skills to children in a memorable way.
Consider reading illustrated storybooks as they are simplified, repetitive, and widens your child’s vocabulary. Audio books are also a great alternative.
5. Try English Tongue Twister
Tongue twisters are words in a series that are difficult to say quickly. An example is “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood as a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood.” Tongue twisters help children find the right placement for their mouth and tongue, and can even help in pronunciation.
6. Establish “English Time” Routine
Make it a routine to spend “English Time” with your kids. Use your child’s energy levels and mood as a guide to select the “English Time.” If they are cranky or sleepy, you may want to move it later or even take a break for a day. This daily time can be spent doing English lessons, or activities, and speaking with each other in English.
7. Don’t Focus Too Much on Grammar
If you hear your child speaking English using incorrect grammar, let it slide sometimes. Don’t focus on pointing their mistakes; rather allow them to express themselves freely. Correcting their English too often can make them lose interest in the language.
Samidha Raj works as part of the content marketing team at PlanetSpark, a platform that provides online classes to K8 learners on “New Age Skills” like English Communication, Public Speaking, Grammar, Creative Writing, Debating, etc. She is passionate about empowering the youth by educating parents about the importance of 21st-century skills. In her free time, you can find her watching documentaries or animated movies and organizing game nights (board games are her thing)!