While digital tech has brought countries together, there are, of course, language divides and for young non-English speaking Thais, it is critical to acquire English as soon as possible. The best way to learn a language is total immersion, but that isn’t always possible; the next best thing is to study at an international school.
Learn in an English-speaking environment
Having a few lessons every week isn’t going to lead to fluency, however, attending a school where all subjects are taught in English boosts the learning. If a child is introduced to a second language at a very young age, he or she is like a sponge and will absorb the language quickly. Make an enquiry at the top British international school in Bangkok and book a tour of the campus and get an insight into their teaching methodology. If a child enters the program in Year 1, by the time they reach Year 6, English is second nature and their language skills will continue to develop until they reach Year 12.
Without a good command of English, career opportunities are limited, which is one of the reasons many Thai families send their kids to international schools. If a child is listening to English 5-6 hours per day and having to communicate with the teachers and friends in English ensures rapid development. You only have to look at the positions available from top employers to see that English is a must and without it, your options are limited. The older the student, the harder it is to learn a new language; the earlier a child can be introduced to English, the better. Click here for essential information about early learning programs.
Practice Makes Perfect
If a young child is exposed to a language on a daily basis, they soon pick it up; here are a few things that you can do to improve your child’s English skills.
- Watching movies with the original soundtrack
- Listening to English-speaking radio
- Making friends with native English speakers
- Study at an international school
- Online language courses (one on one Zoom lessons)
If you start to use English with your kids, they might find this strange, but after a while, they will reply in English.
Choosing a School for Your Child
Choosing a school requires careful thought and planning; start with a Google search to get a list of international schools in your area. Create a shortlist and book a tour of each campus, then you can make an informed decision. Active learning strategies are globally regarded as being the best as far as learning outcomes are concerned; check that any potential school actually uses active learning, as this is the best form of learning.
English is the international language for global business, which is why it is critical that your children are fluent as early as possible.