How to help children love English as a subject

How to help children love English as a subject

English is a language, not just one of the many subjects a child learns at a school. This shift in perspective is needed not just in parents and teachers, but in the children themselves. As a language, it has numerous forms of expression - short stories, novels, newspaper articles, journals, encyclopedias, songs, poems, and movies - just to name a few.

The trick with making the English language enjoyable lies in constructivism, a relatively new style of teaching that focuses on children learning by creating the language. 

Build the habit of reading :

The richest form of literature is text. Don’t let your child be limited to the texts shared at school. Talk to various tutors of English tuition to understand the vocabulary level of your child, then get them books that they can read easily and fall in love with. It can be either fiction or non - fiction, and children love narration and dialogue. Find out what exactly your child loves the most and give them the freedom to choose. Some kids love comics, some love reading animals, some might like to play a story-based game. 

Teach them how to use context clues :

The biggest difficulty that children face when they come across unfamiliar vocabulary, which makes them quickly lose interest unless they can guess the meaning and keep going.  Context clues are what most adults use to quickly gauge the meaning of words and phrases based on the surrounding text and the possible meaning. Reading these clues and guessing meanings from context is perhaps the most important skill a child should gain while learning English.

Learn through play :

There are a plethora of fun games that children can play in English. Preserve their innocence and maintain their joy and motivation by playing games like word search, crossword puzzles, scrabble, or even games like monopoly. Once they understand the base concepts, their desire to explore and win will take over and they will automatically pick up the language.

Encourage curiosity and experimentation :

Studies have shown that young children under the age of ten, value time spent experimenting rather than being given a reward for following instructions. Don’t stress yourself that your child isn’t playing the game right or that they’re more interested in the art on a book cover than the book itself. Give them the time to satisfy their curiosity and explore, and then see the difference it makes.