Tips for a Non-Native English Speaker to Become Fluent
Of course, there are many young people who live in a non-English speaking country and as the English language is the international language, it is very important for all students to develop a solid understanding while in their school years. This, however, can be quite a challenge, especially in a country such as Thailand, where regular schools might only have 5 hours of English in a week and if you would like your son or daughter to be able to speak English fluently, here are a few tips.
- International Education – Of course, top drawer education doesn’t come cheap, but if you can afford to send your child to an early learning international program, they can then enrol in a British senior school in Bangkok, which would result in English language fluency. All subjects are taught in English and the sooner your child is exposed to the language, the better. One important point to note; international schools recruit their teachers from the UK, which means the UK curriculum is delivered by qualified UK teachers who know how to get the best out of the students.
- Natural Exposure to English – This involves watching movies with the original soundtrack, listening to English music and watching the news and current affairs in English, which is easy if you have cable TV. A toddler gets a lot of language from watching cartoons and other forms of entertainment and gradually, their level of comprehension will improve until they understand everything in English. Free practice is a vital component of language learning and for many young Thais, this is missing in their lives, which really does hinder progress. Your son or daughter might be interested in a career in medicine, which is a calling.
- Language Schools – Evenings and weekends are the idea time to enrol your child in a fun based English course; summer holidays are great, as they have special intensive courses that run from Monday to Friday and attending these will certainly help with learning English. They have courses that range of beginner to advanced and your child would take a short test to assess the correct level, with the average course lasting 20 hours, using a structured program that is delivered by native English-speaking teachers. You can also use other online resources like English with Lucy to further hone your English skills.
- Foreign Holidays – Every little helps and if a child visits an English-speaking country, they will further develop their listening and speaking skills. This also gives them a golden opportunity to use the new vocabulary and grammar structures that they learn in the classroom and when they can hold a conversation with a native speaker, the sense of achievement is always there. If your Thai child does not yet have a Thai passport, click here for assistance.
- Develop Foreign Friendships – It is very easy with social media to get to know native English speakers and the more foreign friends you have, the more dialogue there will be. There’s nothing to beat free practice when learning a language and self-confidence improves with time and before you know it, you are a natural.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can help your child to gain a deep understanding of English, which is the international language for global business. Achieve fluency and the world is their oyster in so many ways.