In order to become a well-rounded communicator, kids need to be proficient in each of the three language skills –reading, writing and speaking. These skills give the opportunity to create contexts for the exchange of real information, knowledge and, most important, confidence. The key factor of the three fundamental language skills is that they complement each other. These are the cornerstones of learning a language.
Let us see how we can strengthen these three skills:
Reading is the most vital and foremost asset of learning a language. It is a learning skill that helps to improve all parts of any language – vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing. It helps to develop language intuition in the corrected form.
Here are some reading resources, to get you started:
- Picture or Comic Books
Picture books are an excellent resource for children to read in the native tongue. However, once your child is beyond the absolute beginner stage, it’s time for comic books. They are fun to read and help in establishing a reading habit.
- A pocket Dictionary
A dictionary is a language learner’s best friend. When learners delve deeper into reading, they’ll frequently come across new words. By handing them a pocket dictionary, it will become accessible for kids to foster learning.
- Dual-Language Books
Reading one book in two languages concurrently will give an immense understanding to improve language skills as well as boost confidence.
- Newspapers or Journals
With newspapers, children will not only improve their knowledge of a language but will also expand their general awareness such as politics, art and attitudes of the countries where the language is spoken.
Writing provides children with physical evidence of their achievements that they can measure for improvement. It helps to strengthen their grasp of vocabulary, structure and complements other language skills. Kids should focus on coherence and cohesiveness when it comes to writing.
In order to write flawless, here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Write a Letter to a Pen Pal
Initiate by sending a letter to a pen pal in a far-off land. It doesn’t even have to be a letter that will ever see the light of day. Address it to your Mum, a friend, or even your dog. It doesn’t matter. As long as you’re writing, that’s the key factor here. Make sure, you write it with a pencil or pen and not type it on the keyboard.
- Move to an article
Furthermore, push your kid to write an article on their park visit, a basketball match or summer camp. Starting an article will have a double effect of consistent practice in writing and a community of readers to support your kid along the way.
We communicate with others, to express our ideas, and to know others’ ideas as well. During kindergarten, elocution and recitation are important to master the sounds, rhythms, and intonation of the language through simple reproduction.
To strengthen this skill, your child will need a conversation partner to practice speaking with. Here’s how to do that.
- Group activities
The manifestations of the language in games and pair work activities are encouraging the source to learn and to speak the language. This assists the kids to begin to manipulate the language by presenting them with a certain amount of choice, albeit within a fairly controlled situation. This skill could be improved by understanding para-linguistic attributes such as voice quality, volume and tone, voice modulation, articulation, pronunciation etc. This could also be further enhanced with the help of debates and discussions
- Take your child to Meetups
Community parties are the best place to interact with the masses. This is an excellent way to heighten the speaking language immensely or to make a new friend!
With these three skills addressed equally while learning the language, children can be assured of good communication skills in today’s competitive world.