Making Language Learning Fun

I don’t speak Romanian and I live in Romania. I do, however, try to be a valuable resident here, while I am learning the language.

My new hobby is teaching English to kids. I visit my daughter’s class on Fridays for one hour to sing and teach basic English words to her classmates. I have also picked up 3 at-home pupils to teach and play with as well. These 3 kids are my daughter’s friends so we make it fun! They come twice a week, and I get to socialize in Romanian “un pic” which means “a little” over coffee with their moms, while they play.Β  After play time we get to work! Their mother(s) practice Roamanian with my daughter while I practice English with their children. It is simple. Fun. Free for them and me and… best of all… the kids win! They all get to practice a new language in a stress-free environment. I get to practice too, so that is the icing on the cake!

Here is what I have learned about teaching English to young kids so far:

You need to find out what will interest them by beingΒ Fun and Approachable. Basically, you have do things that they like. Singing songs and playing games can educate them if you are focused on communication through the activity that they enjoy. Have your mind set up on what you want to convey in each lesson and gear the activities towards that.

This is the video we use because it is their favorite. We spent the first two sessions simply watching and singing along and now we do live versions of this. I sit at the table and the kids rade my fridge and ask me if I like things like milk and Ketcup mixed together! “Yucky!”... We all say. We also sing. We learn. We have fun!

Then, we change it to animals or colors, and sing the same (or different) catchy tune.

I hope that you enjoyed this version of Fun Friday. I have been wanting to share this story with you all for a while now so there you have it.

Do you teach small children? Maybe you can give me some new pointers. πŸ˜‰

Also, I ask that you pray for me with this new venture.Β I would enjoy being able to expand this part of my life and I know that I will be able to when God is ready for me to do so. I currently do not make any money, and I miss contributing to my household, so it would be nice to bring something to the table too. I thank you for praying for me.

God bless you all!

Christy πŸ™‚

36 thoughts on “Making Language Learning Fun

  1. Author Ryan Callahan says:

    My wife teaches English online to kids in China. It’s through a company called DaDa. She makes a little less than $1K per month doing that part time early in the mornings and at night. DaDa has a great system and my wife loves it. I pray God blesses your teaching adventures! Blessings!

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  2. Keva Settlemires says:

    Greetings I am so thrilled I found your weblog, I really found you by error, whileI was browsing on Askjeeve for somethingelse, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a marvelous post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the moment but I have book-marked it andalso included your RSS feeds, so when I have time Iwill be back to read much more, Please do keep upthe superb job.

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  3. seoullosolo says:

    Hi Christy, thanks for sharing this! I’m glad I found your blog. I am an English teacher for elementary kids in Korea and I totally agree that you can’t just lecture at them. You gotta have fun and play games. The hard part is teaching the middle school students who aren’t as open and uninhibited. Any tips by any chance?

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      Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate your support. I think that you have to find a way to connect to them. Find out their interests and then tie it into the lesson(s). Best wishes! πŸ™πŸ™Œ Please let me know how it goes.

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