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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Importance of Learning English for SK & SJKC Kids

Kids in Malaysia have to learn 2 or 3 languages in school. So how do you make sure they don't become a Jack of all trades and master of none? Do you learn and master one language first or learn them all simultaneously? Will your child get the languages mixed up? After all, the way one forms sentences is different from one language to another.

Sadly, the importance of learning English in SK & SJKC schools are often pushed to the back burner and ignored. That leaves many parents confused on what to do. Should they send the children for English enrichment courses or let them attend tuition? Should they be following the school syllabus or learn a different English syllabus altogether. Some opt for Singapore syllabus; attend classes taught by foreigners etc. to make sure the kids have a better grasp of the English language.

If you are one of these parents, here are some tips for you:
  • Make sure your child reads a lot and read a variety of genres
  • Encourage them to write frequently and creatively by giving them story starters or writing prompts
  • Make learning English fun not just to pass exams by following school syllabus closely
  • Use role playing at home using English
  • Learn English through songs, art and drama
  • Play word games and rhyming games with your child
  • Expose your child to the language as much as possible through various media
These are just some of the ways one can make learning English fun. It is important to start from young. There is no need to wait until they master one language or worry in case they become confused. Children have a great capacity to learn. 

If you wish to start your child on a fun English learning program, consider JazzitupKids.
Free trial classes are currently available on 24 & 25 August 2015.

JazzitupKids, a program from the UK, uses active story-telling and juggling five core creative activities: acting, singing, dance, art and craft to enhance the learning of English the fun way.


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