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Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Young Children

Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Young Children

Preschool lesson themes and fun exercises for kids have become an important aspect of foreign language teaching. Teaching English as a foreign language to children has become a higher demand and trend in many different countries all over the world.

But how about if the child doesn't know how to say "Hello"? In this case, trying to play games or singing a song can be frustrating. It can't be denied that teaching English to children is nothing like teaching adults. Attention span of children are shorter and vocabulary is limited even in his own native language, meaning the topics that can be discussed is limited as well. It's hard to ask someone who can barely understand what you are talking about to follow an in-depth discussion about anything even if its interesting to them.

The content and ways of transferring knowledge based on fun English activities are adapted to children's age and social environment. Techniques, methods, and strategies are many; international children normally use language immersion as the main teaching method and most national state and private kindergartens offer the possibility of second language learning using different foreign language teaching methods.

There are different ways and methods of teaching English to children, one should be organized in lessons in order to make the most of the time when doing activities. English games for kids are so much fun. In some schools where non-native speakers learn English, children are usually divided into two groups: those aged 3-4 have a different syllabus(like playing games, singing, dancing or action based activities) and different teaching methods and English activities than those who are ages 5-6 ( like role playing, storytelling, and dramatization techniques).

Art projects can be one method also because it is a fantastic way to get young students excited and interested in a variety of lessons to reinforce different vocabulary. Methods of drawing and conversation are very good, it will teach new vocabulary by showing pictures, flashcards or other visuals, (try to use English as much as possible) and the children are learning by listening, looking at pictures, drawing, coloring and eventually talking. Colouring books and worksheets with numbers or alphabet letters, connecting dots, animals, seasons, can be really helpful.

Still, bear in mind that it takes a lot of time for the little children to make things, therefore, the method of practical works is more appropriate for seasonal, festivity and birthday themes.