How to get your child’s language skills right

The language we use in school can be the language we speak at home.

It’s why parents sometimes have to take extra care when they send their children to school.

In the meantime, it’s worth paying extra attention to the way they use words, says Language Education Trust (LET).

We’ve put together this guide to help you do just that.


Use a grammar test and a vocabulary test When it comes to learning new words, grammar is often the most important thing, says the LETS’ Dr Rebecca Wood.

A simple grammar test will help you to spot common grammatical mistakes, such as when a child says something that is a little off, says LETS co-director and grammar teacher Helen O’Brien.

It may also give you an idea of how the child might say it differently if they had used a word in a different context.


Understand the meaning of a word It is vital that you understand the meaning behind a word.

For example, if you have children who are very good at word searching, it may be important to learn which word they are searching for, says Wood.


Practice speaking and listening well You can also learn to listen well when you are learning new languages, says O’Boyle.

You may find that using your new language as a learning aid helps you get more out of it. 4.

Listen to your children’s responses Children who are good at listening to you when you speak and when you talk are likely to listen better than children who can’t hear you, says Dr O’Reilly.

And if you are a parent who can hear your children, it is vital to keep your own language skills sharp by listening to them in a language they are already familiar with.


Be a good listener It is also important to listen to what your children are saying and hear what they are saying back, says Brown.

“You have to listen when you hear a child say something, and when they say something back to you,” says Wood, adding that you can listen to your own child’s words and respond to them as they are coming out.


Learn to read, write and use other tools There are also some resources available online for learners of language.

Here are some good resources: Language Basics – Learn to Read, Write and Use Other Language Tools – LETS website 1.

Check out the latest version of the Word Learning Toolkit for your child Language Learning ToolKit: Learning to Read and Write in Language for Kids – 2.

Learn the grammar of words, like the English language The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has a grammar checker that can help you check your childs grammar.

You can use the tool to check your childrens grammar and make sure they understand the word they have just spoken, says Mr Wood.

You’ll also get a handy grammar reference for grammar.

Learn more about the OED grammar check tool.

3: Practice speaking, listening and reading aloud It’s also important that you practise speaking and reading well, says Gray.

It is important to practice speaking to your child in a relaxed, conversational tone, says Kiley.

“There are lots more resources on the web, including a lot more online,” she says. “

If you are having a conversation with your child, you should be able to read their thoughts and try and understand what they want to say, so you can then use that to try and get them to say the right thing,” says Gray, adding there are lots of ways you can practice these skills.

“There are lots more resources on the web, including a lot more online,” she says.

4: Practice listening to your kids in a way that makes sense There are some other ways you may be able that may help you practice the listening skills you need to be able “to hear your child”, says Oberg.

For instance, the LEL website has a list of exercises for parents and teachers.

They include playing the same word you are speaking with your children and having your child write the same words they have heard.

Learn how to practice listening to children.

5: Practice using words as a source of inspiration When you are working with children, you may need to use words as sources of inspiration, says Moulton.

You could try using a word that has a similar meaning to another word in the language, or try to find an alternative word that is similar to another one.

You should try and find a word you can translate to and write it down in your journal, says Young.

6: Practice hearing children’s sentences and use them as a way to learn vocabulary Read aloud a sentence to your two-year-old