Help us help your child

Children like it when their efforts are appreciated and supported by parents. It motivates them to do better progress. Here are several things you can do to support your child and us in developing your child’s English:

  • Check the discussion area for homework; it’s part of the course and our blended learning approach.
  • Check the progress dashboard and praise your children for their efforts.
  • Support them in posting homework online for evaluation or just until they are confident to do it on their own (Primary Plus 3 to 6).
  • Give us feedback and talk to your child’s teacher. 

Here are some more tips on how you can support your child.

Be enthusiastic and involved

Encourage and have fun

Talking about what your children learn in their lessons is great way to encourage your children but remember it should be fun. Why not ask them to teach you some new words, they say 80% of what we teach we remember. Playing language games with your child will help them learn, you’ll be surprised at how much fun it can be and how much they know. 

To help you we have added some very short videos, simple activities to support your child’s learning.

Flash card games

Memory game

Marking birthday cards with kids

Giving your child lots of praise, encouragement and support will increase their self-confidence and motivation to learn even more.

Judge your child’s mood

Try to choose the right time to encourage your child to practise their English. They should be receptive and alert rather than tired and grumpy. Putting your child under pressure to work on their English will make them feel stressed. If, after starting an activity, you notice that your child is not receptive, it is better to try again later rather than forcing them to continue.

Support your child’s schoolwork

Children are often reluctant to do their homework or study for school tests. Establish a regular homework routine, allowing your child some choice in what time and where they study. Choice can be a big motivator as it allows your child to feel a sense of control. Provide help, and try to be supportive and encouraging. Praise your child for any effort they make. This will help your child to develop self-confidence and a positive attitude. A child who enjoys English will be intrinsically motivated to practise, improve and study.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your child’s teacher – we will be happy to advise you on how to support your child’s learning.

Use apps and online materials

Even the most reluctant children are motivated to learn using new technologies, such as apps. So the new Learning Hub is a great place for your child to develop digital literacy, improve their ability to work independently, and of course improve their English. 

Also, on the LearnEnglish Kids and LearnEnglish Teens websites we have many songs, stories, videos, games and activities to give your child further practise with their English. For example, if your child is reluctant to work on their grammar, suggest that they use our grammar section for fun opportunities to practise and improve.