to Help Your Child Acquire English Language Skills
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we continue printing 4
steps that our speech pathologist Natalia Likhtik offers to new adoptive
parents as a guide for helping children acquire the English language
should provide children with frequent, hands-on opportunities to answer
questions by using a scientific method. This method teaches a child
to make a guess or predict what night happen based on what they know,
then to perform an experiment following an ordered set of steps, and
finally, to talk about what happened and how it relates to the world
they know. The most successful learning opportunities open up with a
topic, in which your child has already acquired some basic concepts.
Charting is helpful to track individual
child's predictions, outcomes, and responses. Charts provide children
a visual reference for comparing results, teach significance of print,
and encourage pre-reading skills when icons are used. An experiment,
as simple as predicting which of three types of apples the child thinks
he will like best, and comparing the charted responses can be funny
Typical language, which children use during
this type of experience, is not only more complex but significantly
lengthy. Your job as a language facilitator is not to do all the questioning
or directing, but to encourage discussion and provide the opportunity
to share the ideas.
Goal: To practice complex
verbal reasoning and direct the child to:
- Provide explanations: "How
does that work?" "What is happening?"
- Make predictions: "What
do you think will happen?"
- Make interpretations and judgments:
"What do you think of this?" "Why did is happen?"
- Relate and compare experiences
with remote events to increase understanding, (e.g., "That's
like I saw during the storm," "My mommy sometimes uses this
when she cleans our house.")
How:The parent should facilitate
discussions during experiments and hands-on demonstrations of the activity
presented for your child
- Ask open-ended questions.
- Comment on problems and problem
- Describe actions as they are
- Add written language and numeracy
to activity to make comparisons easier.
- Tie current experience to remote
events and experiences.
Compiled by Natalia
Licensed Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist