Russian children can learn English through constant practice and positive encouragement. Despite the many differences between the two languages, English can be taught to Russian children by reading, writing and listening to the language. Help children study various reading materials, writing activities and online resources. Encourage Russian children to never give up on the challenging yet rewarding task of learning English as a second language.
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Teach the alphabet. Since the Russian alphabet is different than the English alphabet, children will need to learn the English alphabet as the base for learning the language. Learning the letters can be facilitated my teaching the ABC song or using an alphabet chart to improve memorisation. See Resources.
Teach alphabet sounds by stating the sound correlated with each letter. For example, say, "B. B as in ball." Enunciate every letter the way it sounds. Use an alphabet chart to show images of the sound you are demonstrating.
Read simple English kids' books to your child. The best way for a Russian child to learn English is to hear it spoken often. Read aloud to him and have him follow along with you as you read. Read slowly and clearly. After a few times, have him read with you and then read to you. Don't focus too much on grammar or long versus short vowel sounds. Trivial rules are picked up through dialogue and constant practice. The basics are most important when first learning English. Read various books to ensure that children are learning and not just memorising.
Write with your children as they are learning to read. Reading and writing go hand in hand. If a Russian child is learning the writing basics at the same time as the reading basics, she will begin to pick up the on the nuances of the language. Practice writing different letters together. Start first with her name, then simple sentences. See Resources for writing lesson demos.
Use free online resources for games, listening, reading and writing activities. Simply register and begin navigating various English as a second language (ESL) sites. See Resources.
Administer positive encouragement often. Learning a new language is a long and slow process and Russian children will have an especially hard time with an entirely new alphabet to process. Children may want to give up just as they have barely begun. Explain that this will be a slow process but that they will improve every day with more practice. Let your child know that you see all the hard work he is doing and how proud you are of his good work.
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