Over the years of teaching English in China and Hong Kong we saw a need to vary the way young children learnt a new language. It’s a well-known fact that the younger a child is the faster they will absorb information, so we started to explore fun and engaging ways to teach/introduce language.
Our theory was since many children in Hong Kong and Southern China are fluent in two or more languages by the age of 2 and 3 years old. We researched this concept and realised that these children didn’t go off to language classes to learn the second or third language, they were engaging with the language on a regular basis and in context. We understand that you speak to your baby and expect them to understand you, and you have no doubt that with constant communication and in context they will one day answer you back in a “perfectly executed” first word. We also understand that children know exactly what you mean before they can formulate the sentences themselves, so with that in mind we designed a series of books called Everyday English, these books start with very simple concepts that we all know such as colours, numbers, food, shapes etc, but the idea behind it is to extend the language in context with your surroundings.
As your child’s awareness grows with the common objects and items, they see around them the book extends into fuller sentences and focus on the what, where, why, how and when aspects of language as well as describing objects using the item, the colour and the size.
For example, in many English classes across the world teachers show an abundance of flashcards and the children are taught the single word, but without the context it means very little. That said, if we use a common item such as a cup, instead of just saying ‘cup’ we would say ‘it’s a cup’ first of all, then once the concept and context are in place we would say it’s a small blue cup etc….