Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to get most children to do any schoolwork, especially if they can’t see how it will help them in the ‘real world’. Luckily, we’re talking about learning English not geometry, so the real –life applications are a lot wider and more fun (sorry mathletes).
English is the most spoken language in the world, with 1,500 million speakers
Whatever lights their fire or floats their boat
So, what real-world uses of learning English can you come up with for your children?
There’s always employment but most children aren’t thinking about their careers.
Multilinguals often earn more than their monolingual colleagues
They’re thinking about:
- making friends
- seeing their favourite singer in concert
- playing sports
- how to entertain themselves during their school holidays
If you really want your young folk to learn English, show them how it can benefit them now.
Most children love going on holiday, whether it’s to visit family or go to a theme park, so this can be a great way to encourage them to learn English.
After all, there are a surprising amount of countries where English is the official first language and even knowing the basics (hello, please, thank you) will make their trip easier.
Here are just a few of the countries and some of the coolest things for children (and adults) to do there:
- Australia: Skiing on Mount Kosciuszko
- The Bahamas: Swim with dolphins in Freeport
- Barbados: Ride in a submarine in Bridgetown
- Canada: Walk on a glacier in Alberta
- New Zealand: See King Penguins on Campbell Island
- The Philippines: Work at Kidzania in Bonifacio Global City
- Singapore: Take a night safari in Mandai
- South Africa: Climb Table Mountain in Cape Town
- The UK: Play detective at 221b Baker Street in London
- The USA: Exploring Disney World in Florida
Bonus: Most children will pick up more of the English language whilst on holiday in these countries and that’s really the best souvenir.
The best way to learn English is through immersion
A lot of entertainment is originally produced in English, which means waiting months for people to translate books, dub TV shows, and subtitle movies. And that’s just for bigger media outlets-smaller ones often can’t afford to get their content translated professionally.
Below is some English Language entertainment to encourage your kids to learn English because everyone learns better if they’re having fun.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
- Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
- Percy Jackson by Ray Riordan
- The Despicable Me Series
- The Shrek series
- Pitch Perfect
- Ed Sheeran
- Justin Bieber