Hi, I’m from Turkey, happy to be here with you. I have a 7 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I want them to speak English, and they are really good at that but sometimes I got lost. Do I need a plan on topics and how should it be? How much time and what exercises should I do so that I can say yes that is the right way? And can you recommend any resources, websites. 😊
To be able to help you, could you please clarify what kind of language strategy do you use: One Person One Language, Minority Language at Home, Mixed Language Policy,...?
Hi, thanks for answering. To tell the truth we have just began for almost ten days and I use mixed language policy. I try to speak, play or read with them, mostly using English, but I let them speak and respond in Turkish our mother tongue.
I would suggest you choose maybe a topic per week and work around it. For instance, if you chose food, have your kids prepare a shopping list with you, cook a recipe with you, play flashcards and memory games, read picture books and recipe books (maybe to choose a recipe together?)...
Repeat these topics on a regular basis, so that the kids don't forget the vocabulary and pick up some new words.
This is a technique used in nursery schools in the UK to learn letters (so I've been told), but you can adapt it to topics maybe...
Keremberen, welcome! Basically, the more English input you can provide on a regular basis--from you, from various resources, from other speakers of English--the more progress your children will likely make over the years of childhood. So I encourage you to be as proactive as you can, and I hope this forum, as well as my blog and my book, can be useful sources of support for your bilingual journey.
You can do it, Keremberen!
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