Languages for kids – on Skype

Nowadays, an ever more popular practice is to introduce children to a foreign language via Skype rather than arrange for coaching at a tutor’s place.  Indeed, you would need to take the pains of transporting the kid to the tutor’s quarters, while being in no way sure they who offer teaching services in your town are really good. Instead, it seems much easier to switch your computer on, open the Skype and let your kid communicate, looking on the display.

Of course, there may be nuances. Say, we do not recommend teaching minors a language on Skype before they reach the age of three years. First, because they need to start the education in their native language. Second, because no lesson can last for less than one hour.  A little kid might not withstand the endeavor, not even if the parents stayed along. And they really need to stand by, as for a younger child than seven years the whole mission may prove impossible.  Someone is expected to list pages and to start or stop the process. Note, however, how important it is that the adult present in the ‘classroom’ should not interfere or impede. Meanwhile, if the kid is eight years or more, we would recommend ‘bringing’ him (her) to the class and leaving alone till the end of the lesson – at least to check whether (s)he has written down the suggested homework. In the case of twelve-plus kids the role of parents in the process normally tends to zero. The only things a parent can and must do is gentle observation and technical assistance. It would be equally harmful to interfere and to reproach the kid for the mistakes he might have done during the lesson. Everything that happens in the course of the lesson remains the private knowledge of the kid and his tutor. You may check the kid’s homework but not his work with the tutor. Certainly, you may contact the teacher separately to inform him of your kid’s hobbies and preferences, such that the tutor could think of suggesting some customized methods of presentation.

Our would-be customers often ask the question, what exactly the child will learn at the lesson.  First, the alphabet. Second, lexical units like names of colors and various items. And, certainly, essentials of grammar, such as rules for forming noun or pronoun plurals, pronoun declensions and forms of numerals. Taking into account the age of the learner, we practice recursive applications to the material already worked with, otherwise the kid may simply forget everything. Therefore, you have to be prepared that his learning may take a rather long time, this cannot be denied. However, if you undertake studying in parallel with your child, then you may set a good example for him. Communicating in the foreign language may be exclusively helpful for both of you.  Never miss an opportunity to praise your kid for every achievement in mastering the language. That can be a stimulus for him (her) to learn more and be better motivated. 

We at Minfociv are looking forward to seeing you and your children join our Skype lessons. 

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