Because of urgent demands of foreign language skills in today’s society, you and other parents is coping with educational pressure which is not small at all. Also, many people are “completely wrapped up” with their children in racing with foreign language without knowledge of making mistakes. Teaching English for kids will not effective if you force them follow mechanical formulas, teach rigid grammar and pronounce incorrectly.
Indeed, we have to confess that learning English since childhood days will help children develop better language skills. However, at this age, children prefer to learn and play to rather than study and they often do not concentration so the improper teaching methods can be counterproductive if they are not in line with the psychological characteristics of the individual child.
After some teaching process, we have noticed some mistakes that parents often make as below:
- Force kids to learn too much
Because of wanting your kids to get the outstanding achievement, you have arranged for them a dense schedule not only at school but also hired tutor to teach at home. Yes, the experts highly appreciate parents in spending their concern about children’s English learning but sometimes forcing children to learn too much may be counterproductive because children not only have to face the risk of declining health but also negative effects on learning outcomes, as well as the psychological development.
Children are often playful, easy to lose concentration but very sensitive. When children are forced to study the stressful intensity, they will lose their interest in learning and even lead to the anonymous protest action.
You should remember the first principle when teaching English to children is that it is necessary to give children psychological comfort, let them love actively instead of creating tension or forcing children.
- Force kids to follow the rigid formulas
Nicole – a teacher from a famous Learning English center said that learning English is also similar to learning Vietnamese, learners have to learn to listen, speak before knowing to write and use language skillfully.
It is difficult to remember and use English grammar in a systematic way. Instead of forcing children to record, memorize collocation types, tenses in English, parents should let them become familiar with this language through the lively learning approach by listening grammatical structures through songs , cartoon with voice of indigenous people, if possible, let them contact directly with the native speakers as much as possible.
Gradually, children will use accurate grammar exactly in the most natural way. If your child makes a wrong structure, you should think that is too ordinary instead of making them unconfident by your mock.
- Stuff kids’ head with a lot of vocabulary
Because of wanting kids to learn English very well, so many parents force their children to learn difficult vocabulary, even the specialized one. You should know that when starting with a new language, if children contact with a series of too hard words, they cannot understand and feel fed up with and study ineffectively.
Therefore, when teaching English to children, you should choose simple words associated with the child’s daily activities. Nicole advised: “You should teach your kids only about 5 new words, avoid teaching too lots of vocabulary on one day. This will help children memorize quickly and enrich children’s English vocabulary. ”
- Apply inappropriate methods for kids’ ages
Thinking and preferences of children are very different in every age, however, many parents do not pay attention to this factor that they only know to spend money to buy the mountain of documents, books and teaching English disc then force them to learn.
You should base on their personalities, interests to choose suitable methods, curriculum. Ideally, you should take your children to a prestigious English center so that they can have the good chance to expose to the appropriate learning methods for their age.