My son's English is very bad

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My son's English is very bad

Postby sami_shan » Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:00 pm

My family is total Chinese environment, nobody speak English in house, so when my son go to childcare, it is difficult to him to involve with our children. and He is not happy.
I want to train his English by myself, but the effect is so little.
for him, He is the total fresh for English, and only can speak a little sentence, and unfortunately his school is also a Chinese environment(A lot of teacher is from China),and now he is almost for 3 years old, I am very worried about him.

In this situation, is better for him to find a Speech & Drama course?
or to join in Music and singing course? which one is better...

thank you for your advise..

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Re: My son's English is very bad

Postby AmandaChuaAC » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:36 pm

would it not be better to focus on teaching him English and bringing him to the Library to borrow some English books to improve his reading skills first? Just my suggestion

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Re: My son's English is very bad

Postby bb_ mom » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:41 pm

Based on my 2 kids, reading makes a major difference. DD had her grandmother read to her from a few months all. From there, we continued the reading habit. And therefore, she picked up reading much faster and loves reading.

When DS came along, my mum had to take care of DD plus 2 grandsons, including my DS. So no time to read to him. Ditto for us. End result - he doesn't like to read at all and had a lot of problems reading. Now, we have reading time from 9pm. Both of us would do our reading together. Slowly but steadily, his dislike for reading is not as bad. And vocab better. Just need to work on spelling.

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Re: My son's English is very bad

Postby Ms Chocolate » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:42 pm

Hi Mummy

I have sent my gal to phonic class at L Central.

I can see improvement in my girl's english as we are mandarin speaking family too.

You can Pm me for more details.

Regards. :imcool:

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Re: My son's English is very bad

Postby magicpiglet » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:58 pm

Yes cultivating love for reading helps in improving English , read to him daily , let him choose books he like, u must talk to him to expose him to the language even if he reply in mandarin , try to start with simple words in daily life like names of objects. Watch english cartoon DVD n of cos there's english enrichment centre. My girl is with lcentral too

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Re: My son's English is very bad

Postby pirate » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:57 am

Most young children are quick language learners. Also our education system is mainly English oriented.

We spoke to our dd only in Chinese when she was young. When she went to pre-nursery, she did not speak a single word of English. The teachers would speak to her in English and she used to reply in Mandarin. :laugh: Now, compared to English, her Chinese sucks :sick: , and we still speak mainly Chinese at home.

You may want to consider doing some of the following:

(1) Instead of buying English cartoon DVDs, just subscribe to cable TV. Most of the cartoons children find interesting are in English. That will provide him with exposure to spoken English. Be sure to set the language settings to English.

(2) Send him to a school/childcare with a more English or at least bilingual environment. You may want to find a childcare that is more play at this age than academic. Children playing together can speak different languages and still, amazingly, manage to understand each other. I wouldn't worry about academic stuff until K1, if not later.

(3) Find him some non-Chinese friends in the neighbourhood to play with.

(4) As he gets older, buy him English books. This should be relatively easy, most of the books children find interesting are in English too!

(5) When choosing a primary school for him in the future, choose one that is traditionally strong in English. The environment in such a school is predominantly English, and English will soon become second nature to the child.

Before you know it, by the time he is in primary 2 or 3, you will be facing the same problem we face - how to improve his Chinese despite being a Chinese speaking family!

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