Spoken English is all about dropping the right words in the right sentences until they sound right
The one place where it is easy to mess up while speaking is the area called Verbs.
When your dominant language at home is your native tongue – what happens is – as your children grows up – they first think in their native tongue and then translate that into English in their head and speak. All this happens in a matter of seconds
For example – if we were to take a kid who grew up in a household that mostly spoke Hindi – and he went to an English medium school. Let’s suppose this child wants to tell his friend to check his phone for a message
In Hindi you would say “ Ek baar check karke batana”
An outright translation of this in English would be “ Check this once”
But that is grammatically wrong.
What you would have to say is
“ Please check your phone for a message I sent”
Now that you understand the importance of verbs – let’s explore a few exercises that you can offer your kids – so that they avoid making these mistakes.
We’ve attached a few worksheets at the end of this article that you can use to offer your kids – but first let’s take a look at how these exercises will help your child’s spoken English in detail.
Three Exercises That Will Dramatically improve Your Child’s Spoken English No Matter How Old They Are Or How Good Their English Is
1 – Fill in The Blanks With The Right Verb
This is what a typical worksheet looks like.
Here we see that the content is structured in the fill in the blanks format – where we have an action taking place and the blank involves adding the right verb to the sentence.
You’ll find this worksheet at the end of the article.
The reason this exercise is effective at improving spoken English is – it offers Battle tested sentences – used in everyday English.
If your child gets these sentences correct – or starts working towards getting this sentence correct – you will see his/her English improve almost immediately.
2 – The rewrite the verb exercise
This is what a typical worksheet looks like. The way this exercise works is – you’ll be given a certain sentence with the verb bolded in black ink.
You must then rewrite the sentence with the opposite of the verb that is bolded.
For example if the sentence is “ The soldiers obeyed their officer’s command.
So here the verb is obeyed. You need to rewrite the sentence with the opposite of the word obeyed.
So the above example- when rewritten becomes – “ The soldiers disobeyed their officer’s command”
This exercise vastly improves your child’s vocab for such action verbs helping them incorporate it into their daily vocabulary
3- The dialogue Practice Exercise
This exercise uses the power of role play to drill down on the essentials of grammatically correct English.
We recommend you start with this exercise – because it’s fun and your child will enjoy this involvement in their study schedule.
It’s quite simple to perform this exercise – we’ve given you a practice worksheet at the end of this article – all you need to do is assign one character to your child and assign one to yourself – and then start reading out dialogues from the script.
That’s it – that’s all there is. Make your child practice these exercises and you’ll quickly see them get more confident about their spoken English.
All the best.