If your family has recently moved to the United States, you are probably having tremendously mixed emotions, aren't you? For one thing, you might miss friends and family members that you left behind. However, perhaps you are all very excited about the adventures that await you in your new city. Welcome!
Do you and your children speak English already? If so, you are more than likely very grateful that you learned it before you moved to the United States. Or, it might be that you and your spouse speak English, but that your children didn't have the opportunity to learn it before moving here. Do you already have a plan for the children to learn their new language? If so, then you don't need to read any further. If that's not the case, here are some ideas that might help.
Arrange For English Tutoring For Children - You have more than likely realized that one way the children will learn English is by just living day to day and hearing it from others. However, maybe you want to speed up the process of your children learning their new language. If that's true, have you considered arranging for kids English tutoring?
Your children's school or the public library will more than likely have free tutoring. The instructors will have the training and the experience to work specifically with kids. Don't be surprised if part of their learning comes from playing games and from singing songs. In addition, actual book learning will take place. If your children are old enough to read, they'll learn the different ways that vowels are pronounced. For example, O, U, G, and H have different sounds in words like through, though, trough and tough. Pretty confusing, isn't it?
Things You Can Do To Help - Of course, the English tutoring will be very beneficial for your children. However, there are many things you can do to help them learn their new language more rapidly.
For example, even though it might be very difficult to be consistent, try to speak English at home as often as you can. When you go out, encourage the children to use English in different scenarios. For example, if you go to the movies, teach your children to ask for the tickets. If you go out to eat, help them to order their own food. And, maybe most important of all is to invite English speaking children to play with your own kids.