How can parents encourage their children to learn English?

How can parents encourage their children to learn English?

Different ways to help your child learn English

Parents often wonder what they can do to support their children’s learning at home. Whether it is math, science or English as a second language, parental involvement in their child’s education is essential to the child’s success in school and in the learning process. This is especially true when the child is learning English, as he/she has very little opportunity to listen to, practice and use English outside of the 3-4 hours per week spent in English class. So, if you’ve been wondering what you can do to help your child learn English, here are some tips you can do at home (or anywhere, really!) that will advance your child’s English skills even faster.

Motivate them through technology

Similarly, and also for older children and teenagers, make sure that your devices and game consoles are set to English and, more importantly, that the game is in English. Few things motivate children and teenagers more than technology. And no wonder: as digital natives, our children’s generation was born into a world where technology is not only everywhere, but indispensable in our daily lives.

Teaching English to your children National GeographicWhere there is motivation, there is interest and, therefore, better learning. Buy your child’s next video game in English and create the need for him to learn the words used and understand the language being spoken. For older teens, multiplayer video games are a great way for them to practice their English speaking skills with other gamers from around the world who do not speak their language.

Here are a few websites where your children can play games, watch interactive videos and even write stories in English while
while having fun:


Music is deeply linked to memory

Finally, I want to share one of the most effective yet simple English teaching methods that teachers use in their classrooms: !the songs and rhythms! The music is repetitive and rhythmic, which helps us to learn English more easily and in an enjoyable way.

Music and EnglishWhen a person listens to a song over and over again, he or she begins to learn the words little by little, then the structures, and during this process is learning pronunciation, intonation, rhythm and pitch. In addition, listening to music and singing is fun and motivating for children, as well as a good way for them to gain confidence and practice their speaking skills. Cambridge suggests “for children aged 5 to 11, choosing songs with lots of rhyming words and rhythms that are repeated. This makes it easier for children to learn new words and start singing along.” On the other hand, for older teenagers, songs are the perfect opportunity to combine their interests with learning English. They will definitely be motivated to understand and learner a song in English if you enjoy listening to it. Take a look at Lyrics Training to find a fun and interactive music listening game.

And if you want to go further…

If you are already doing all of the above or just want more ideas to help your child improve their English even more, here are some out-of-the-ordinary ideas you may not have considered:

  • Sometimes the simple things are the most effective. Simply talking about English classes or learning English helps your child reflect on what he or she has learned and consolidate his or her memory. Ask him about a word he learned that day or a game or activity that made him happy and encourage him to talk.
  • Get out the label maker (or just use post-its) and help your kids learn the words for the most common objects in English by labeling them. rEnglish workshops Barcelonaepetition is key to memory retention, so if every time your child wants to use his favorite toy truck, he sees “TRUCK” written on it, he’s sure to remember it and start using it in the future.
  • Fancy spending some time with your child on a nice Sunday morning? Prepare with them a delicious recipe or a nice craft following the instructions in English. Go to the Highlight Kids youtube channel and search for your favorite recipe or craft; help your child learn basic English instructions and vocabulary, while having fun and learning life skills. Active learning, or learning by doing, is one of the best ways to help your child learn English.
  • Learning English yourself is the best way to help your child make progress in learning English. Being able to use the language with them is a great opportunity for them to practice their speaking and listening skills. In addition, learning together can be a very motivating experience for children.

And of course… let’s see it in English.

We’ll end with the easiest but also the one that will end up influencing your child quite a bit: put the TV (or streaming platform) in English. During the early development of the child, the brain acquires and develops all the sounds that belong to its mother tongue, so that the child is able to use them in vocal speech.

Streaming in EnglishThe brain does this by analyzing everything the child hears and transforming it into mouth movements that the child can imitate to produce a specific sound. How many times did you repeat “mommy” or “daddy” to your child before he or she was able to say it? They have to hear a word said on different occasions, by different people, before they try it. You can help your child learn English by exposing him to the sounds and rhythm of the English language so that it will be easier for him to repeat them in the future. If you think that changing the scenario is not enough, you can try more practical strategies. Help your child become aware of sounds by playing with refrigerator magnets: start with “cat” and then change one letter to make “mat” or “bat.” Children also love silly tongue twisters that unknowingly help them differentiate and practice similar sounds. Another alternative that will be great fun for your children is to make letters with pipe cleaners, plasticine or even food, and practice the sounds with them.

In the end, everything counts and anything you can do at home will help your child develop their English language skills, so try at least one of our tips.


Johns Vaseekaran, D.J. (2018). Educational psychology.

Active Learning

Active Learning

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will learn.”

Learning with elearning

The way we are taught determines how we retain and consolidate what we learn. With traditional methods, the learner is a passive subject in their own learning process. John Dewey, the prominent American educator, proposed that “if knowledge comes from the impressions that we have of ourselves, then we should be able to know what we know. natural objects do, it is impossible to obtain knowledge without the use of objects that impress the mind”. This approach has been the inspiration for the innovative English teaching method applied at FunTalk.

As children we learn by exploring our surroundings, and many of us continue to learn in this way. Babies do not learn from “tokens” or parental instructions, but from interacting with their environment and having enriching experiences. That is why it is so important in the teaching process to present the student, regardless of age, with situations in which they must take an active role in their learning. And by this we mean teaching through activities where the student must carry out actions or tasks with a certain purpose; in this way, learning is not a destination to be reached, but the road traveled.

This approach is called active learning and has proven to be a particularly effective teaching method, especially in language teaching. H. Active learning W. Reese (2011), expounds that “languages are best learned by their use rather than by formal rules”. We can know all the grammatical rules of a language but if we do not apply it to authentic situations, we will not be able to use it as a communicative form. In addition, by engaging in activities where they can create things, use their hands, solve problems, etc., students are much more motivated (Owens, Sadler, Barlow, & Smith-Walters, 2017), which in turn positively affects attention and memory consolidation (Cavenagh, 2016).

For these reasons we are convinced that at FunTalk we have designed an effective, motivating and fun method for all ages to learn English in a memorable and meaningful way. Our dynamic classes offer students communicative contexts in which to learn and practice relevant language. And what makes us unique, our signature workshops, offer students opportunities to learn in real-life situations, not just English, but tools that they can then apply in other contexts in their lives.

Active learning through workshops

In short, our students are happy because they learn in a natural and meaningful way. In addition, our youngest students come with enthusiasm because they do not come to sit in front of a book but to talk, play, create, think, reflect and develop their skills; and parents appreciate that! We are grateful to be able to share our vision with so many families and to see the progress of all our students over time.


Reese, H. W. (2011). The learning-by-doing principle. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 17(1), 1-19.

Let’s Make Pizza! – Sant Valentí Workshop – 2/14/2020

Let’s Make Pizza! – Sant Valentí Workshop – 2/14/2020


Spend a fun afternoon with FunTalk in a Valentine’s Day workshop to make heart-shaped pizzas in English.

14 February 2020

18h – 19-15h

10€ / child

Limited spaces, book now! Don’t miss it!

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We are starting an innovative international cooking workshop totally in English, and on the occasion of our first culinary trip we are offering a SUPER DISCOUNT of 50% off the price of our first workshop.

At FunTalk, we are always looking for new ways to offer you different and enriching experiences where you can practice English while participating in fun and interactive activities. That is why we have decided to create a Cooking Workshop for which we follow our own methodology of “learning by doing”. During our workshops you will learn the vocabulary of cooking, as well as the different ingredients used in each workshop because… our workshops will be international! Each month we will present a dish from different cuisines around the world. Our first trip will be to warm and cheerful Mexico: we will prepare homemade tortillas, chipotle mayonnaise, mango salsa and pico de gallo, all this to prepare shrimp tacos. Of course, accompanied by margaritas, as it should be!

The workshops will be held once a month, and will have a duration of 2.5 hours.

Our international cuisine workshop:

  • January 24 from 19:30-22h.
  • The price is according to the activity, and for the first workshop it will be 38€/person with 50% DISCOUNT!