Tips for Parents of Beginners to English

Tips for Parents of Beginners to EnglishAt SIS, we are incredibly lucky to have students of many nationalities and language backgrounds join our community throughout the year. When beginners to English enter school mid-year, it takes time for them to not only acquire a new language but also to adjust to a culture that may be unfamiliar to them.

It can be a challenging period for students and parents alike. One thing to keep in mind is that learners often go through a ‘silent phase’ when beginning to learn a language. This is normal, as they are listening to and noticing language. When they are ready, they will speak.

Tips for Parents of Beginners to EnglishIn the meantime, here are some ways in which teachers and parents can work together to help beginners acquire new language:

● Play vocabulary games with them to make learning enjoyable (e.g. board games, matching games, acting out a word).

● Put stickers around the house labeling objects they have recently learned with their teachers.

● Encourage children to read and reread stories to you in English.

● Let your children teach you what they learned in class in both the home language and in English.

● Watch child-friendly movies with your children (Tip: View a movie several times, so that they learn more language and understand more each time).

● Help them to access interactive websites to practice English.

Tips for Parents of Beginners to EnglishHere are some websites to help children build language skills:

English activities by grade level:


Links to many types of English games:


Interactive storybooks:




Songs, stories, activities:


Stories, songs, games:


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