Is a child able to be fluent in a year?


The progress in learning a foreign language is individual. The length of so called “quiet period”, during which the child understands but doesn’t speak, can vary.

Tips how to adopt the right attitude to teaching a new language

1. Create situations to make children use expressions that they have in their memory
This is the way children create their kind of word stock they are going to use when they are ready and a suitable impuls comes.

2. Motivate your children
Praise and motivate your children even if it seems they fail. Do not compare them to their brothers or sisters and neighbours.

3. Support your children’s relation to English
The positive relation to the language right from the very beginnings is far more important than words, poems or rhymes commited to memory.

4. Give up high demands
Do not have high requirements on time your children need to take to be fluent in the new language.

5. Accept the role of the teacher
Your children can spend more time using a foreign language with you than in nursery school. So, you have bigger influence on language skills of your children. Be their teacher and build an environment of a new language naturally that will become an “ordinary real situation” to your children and will get used to it.

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Gabriela Kašparová
Lector and language consultant. Studied English at the Faculty of Education. Having worked as an English tutor at nursery school, she got experience with working with children with learning disability. During her 8-year experience with teaching adults she has implemented her findings from learning children and has created simple and transparent explanations of complicated grammar features. Teaching both children and adults, she keeps encouraging them not to fear a foreign language and to learn with pleasure.



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