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Jul 1, 2022 8:10 AM
I don't have kids, but if I were a mother, I'd look for some teacher who is: - positive, kind and smiled (all the time) - patient and with full of love (ready to share it with kids) - creative and full of empathy - flexible and dynamic so that this person can entertain the young kids and/or become their friend at that same time. - not too much relax nor too much demanding (if there is some balance, the kids will definitely know where they limits are, but at the same time they are going to love this teacher). - Working experience wouldn't be essential for me, but definitely would be an advantage. - If a teacher knows my native language (Serbian, or any other language of ex Yugoslavia) that would be a huge advantage. However, if this person doesn't speak Serbian, then English would work perfectly (because in Serbia we mostly get online education through English, we watch so many scientistic programs on TV in English, etc . Let's say we get too much exposure in English).
Jun 27, 2022 9:18 AM
In my experience, I have found that if you want your child to be interested in language learning, you need to be enthusiastic and involved in the language as well and they will begin to show interest. For example if your child is learning English and they see you watching films and speaking English, they will be inspired to do the same as well. Also motivating them to learn the language will give them the inspiration they need to actually get started. Self confidence is very important when it comes to language learning so by constantly motivating kids, you provide them with the self confidence that they need. It also makes a big difference to allow your child to choose the language that they want to learn, this way they will be naturally interested in learning the language compared to when they feel they’re being forced to learn a language that they are not interested in. Remember to make the learning experience fun for your child by also using online apps or online language learning games.
Jun 25, 2022 10:15 AM
The way in which I improve my child’s interest in language learning is by speaking the language she’s learning with her. My daughter is currently learning French and even though I’m not fluent in French, I always make sure to speak French with her everyday using the few phrases that I know. I have found that this technique helps her to be more comfortable to speak the language daily because when I make a few mistakes intentionally and unintentionally she would giggle and correct me. This then helps her to remember certain things that she would have easily forgotten and it’s also a fun way to keep her interested in learning the language. The other strategy I use to keep my daughter interested in language learning is my helping her find entertainment within the language. I do this by listening to French music with her and even picking out a French movie which we watch together and pick out our favorite phrases. Through my experience, I have seen that this strategies help a lot when it comes to keeping a child interested in language learning. Always remember to be interactive with your little ones, it goes a long way.
Jun 24, 2022 10:08 AM
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