English as an Additional Language

How do I improve my own English as a parent?

A useful website for parents to practise English literacy skills:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/0/ – This website has practical literacy skills for adults in the topics of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Word Grammar, Sentence Grammar and Speaking and Listening.  

How do I support my child to learn English?

Join the local library with your child – they can borrow up to 12 books at a time

There are dual language books available on www.brightbooks.co.uk – you can get books in your native language with the English translation on the same page.

Watching television in English will help improve his/her understanding of the language – https://rtejr.rte.ie. This is also available via an app  

There are lots of computer based interactive games available; the following are some useful websites

http://www.learningchocolate.com – a really cool website for learning vocabulary

http://www.sentenceplay.co.uk/  – lots of games to practise sentence building

http://grammarmancomic.com/ – your child can read comics online while listening to the audio, there are also games, quizzes, trivia, puzzles and reading resources available.

http://supersimplelearning.com/ – lots of songs and rhymes for younger children

http://www.anglomaniacy.pl/vocabulary.htm – lots of online games for vocabulary learning.

If you have an ipad or tablet at home, the following is a list of useful apps for developing literacy skills:

Pronoun Fill-In Super Fun Deck – 120 picture flashcards plus audio with fill in the blanks activities

ConversationBuilder™

Proloquo2Go – Symbol-based communication app

Speech with Milo – Verbs

Clicker Sentences

Sentence Builder

Sentence Maker

Talking Books – Clicker Books, The Three Pandas, Toy Story Read Along, Me Books

Early Reading: ABC Reading Magic, Phonics Genius, First Words Deluxe, Bitsboard, Word Magic

Text to Speech apps: Vbookz Reader, Voice Dream Reader, Dream Selection, Speak it!