Motivation is fundamental to learning any language, but children between the ages of 5 and 10 may have difficulty with it. If you add a teacher who is not able to attract the attention of the child, you can be sure that the child’s English learning will become more and more difficult. So, how should a child get acquainted with a foreign language in order for his English learning to be successful?
One-to-one English tuition with native speakers
Nowadays, the method of uninterrupted communicative learning with native speakers is one of the popular methods. Lessons with this method are organized online so that teachers from all over the world can participate. The child who is alone with his teacher and communicates in English can speak freely, without hesitation, even if he makes mistakes, because he is with his teacher. A talented teacher will find a way to captivate the student and can reinforce the child’s curiosity and help them overcome their shyness to speak English. Thus, the child’s brain, exposed to the language environment, adapts to English faster and perceives the language better.
Using words and images
In foreign language education, it is very important to use pictures, facial expressions, mimics and words by combining them as images and placing them in the subconscious. Even if you don’t have any knowledge about words at the beginning, it will take you a much shorter time to have an idea about the subject. In the third minute of the first lesson, your skill will be revealed and the pictures will give clues, enabling you to engage in a fruitful dialogue.
Gamification and virtual reality help break the language barrier
Children born after the widespread adoption of the Internet absorb information more easily using digital tools. Learning through age-appropriate play is the most natural way for a child to acquire new knowledge. The name of this trend in education is gamification. The methods of learning English with the game may be different on each platform. From online English games to virtual reality tours of London with a friendly native speaker teacher, all methods used make learning and speaking English easy. Online education does not let the student get bored by switching between different types of activities.
“The plateau effect” what?
The plateau effect usually occurs in those who can use the language at an advanced level. The child has a certain vocabulary (about 1000 words). With this vocabulary he can sustain a simple conversation. The glitches start after that. Psychologists refer to this as a “boredom stage.” While everything is new and fun in the beginning, the inevitable repetition of past topics, dialogues and words dampens enthusiasm…
What should we do?
Noticing the “plateau effect”, an experienced teacher will try to introduce the effect of innovation to the class. When it comes to online courses, it is not difficult. Game techniques are added, and ambitious goals are set for older children, such as reading “Harry Potter” in the original language. Or, at least, correspondence with fans of his favorite artist on social networks is provided. The important thing in this case is to return to learning with excitement. Thus, motivation supported by a purpose helps the educational process of participants of all ages.
the art of small steps
Finally, another small psychological technique that will help both children and adults overcome the fear of learning foreign languages: The art of small steps. Any challenge (learning a new language is a real challenge) will help you when you’re at the beginning of your journey. Small victories together lead to great victories. This also works well for learning English. The first verse to be learned, the first self-read fairy tale, the first pen pal – all these work as small steps on a big and fascinating road.