Research indicates that students who have a strong foundation in their first language are likely to learn English more quickly. It is difficult to build a second language if the first language foundation is not established and supported while the second language is being learned.
How can you help your child at home?
- read to your child in your first language.
- ask them to read you a story in English and then talk in your first language about what happened. You could also find the same book in your first language and read it together.
- discuss what your child has learned in school in your first language as this will help them grasp the topics and ideas more effectively.
- learning English isn’t easy. It’s important to praise your child’s efforts and build their confidence so that they take greater risks without fear of embarrassment if they make a mistake.
- use the online resources that accompany the textbook we use in class. There are lots of videos and songs which model accurate pronunciation as well as a wide range of activities to practise new vocabulary.
- if you feel confident, use English in the home. For example, you could practise food vocabulary when you are putting the shopping away.
- watch cartoons with children in English with subtitles so that children can both read and hear the words.
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