Helping children to Speak Clearly and Confidently

Helping children to speak clearly and confidently is the most useful skill we can teach our children - this will help them at nursery, school, college, university and for all of their adult life.

How would your children benefit if you could help them to speak clearly ?

The benefits are numerous and we all want the best for our children.

  1. Children who can speak clearly and confidently are happy children
  2. Children who can speak clearly and confidently are more likely to be top of their class because they're not frightened to speak or ask the teacher questions.
  3. Children who can speak clearly and confidently are willing to join in social events - parties, clubs, sports etc. They don't need to have a parent with them all the time because they can speak for themselves. You, as a parent don't need to worry if they'll ask to use the toilet etc.
  4. Children who can speak clearly and confidently aresuccessful children.
  5. Confident, successful children sleep well at night.

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A lot of parents get in touch with me when their children are about 12 years old because they are worried about the clarity of their children's speech. Many children mumble, which basically means that they are speaking too quietly, too quickly, not opening their mouth and often using one word instead of sentences. This all adds up to speech that is difficult to understand and listen to. 

There are things that you can do, at home regardless of age (although older children might feel as though you are being particularly  pedantic) to help children to speak in sentences.

Helping children to speak

Find a picture or photo of an animal, I suggest cat, dog or giraffe but you can use any animal you like. You are going to show this picture to your child and discuss in sentences. Sit somewhere comfortable with your child and have a fun 10 - 15 mins with them talking about the picture. When your child answers you, repeat their answer in a sentence but do it in a way that they will hardly notice - whatever you do, don't make it sound as though you are correcting or criticizing your child. This has to be fun! 

Parent: ‘Do you know what this is?’

Child: ’A dog’

Parent: ‘Yes, it’s a dog. Can you tell me how many legs it has?’

Child: ‘Four'

Parent: ‘That’s right. This dog has four legs now can you tell me what colour its ears are?’

Child; ‘Black’

Parent: ‘Yes, this dog has four legs and big black ears but does it have a tail?’

Child: ‘Yes’

Parent: ‘yes it does! That’s right. This black dog with four legs and black ears has also got a tail. What does it have around its neck?'

Child: A scarf

Parent: 'Yes it has a scarf, do you know what colour the scarf is?'

Child; 'Red'

Parent: 'That's right, the scarf is red and it has some blue and white on it as well, doesn't it?'

If the child hesitates don’t pressure the child into answering. This has to be fun.

Always repeat the answer in a sentence so that the child gets used to hearing sentences.

Once you have established that the dog has four legs, black ears, is white and black and has a tail you can move on another picture and do the same.

Helping children to speak clearly 

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Help your child to speak clearly

'There are many parents who want to teach their child or children to speak in English, but they do not know how to go about doing it. If you are one of these parents, this course is highly recommended to you because it contains many useful tips and sound advice on how to encourage your child to speak, not only clearly, but more. I especially like the part where the instructress guides us on how to encourage a child to speak in sentences, rather than giving one-word answers. I found that many parents and teachers who are non-native English speakers have problems in this area. They do not know how to expand a conversation and as a result of that, children do not have enough exposure to the sounds and rhythm of the language, which is crucial to mastering the language. I think this course provides the missing pieces that could help many parents and teachers to improve in this area. Thank you Ms. Greenslade, for putting this course together.' Course review by Soon Kheng, Chan

As parents we spend hours encouraging children to walk (often before they are ready), to count and to read but we rarely spend time actively encouraging them to speak clearly. I don't mean correcting how a word is pronounced, 'no, it's not oppolit, it's opposite' (a word I had trouble with as a child) I mean teaching them to speak in sentences. We assume that because we talk all day every day our children will pick it up. 

This course will show you how to help children, how to correct them, how to encourage them to speak in sentences and how to have fun with sounds. The methods used in this course can be used to help children who aare just learning to speak or older children who just lack clarity or confidence.

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What people say about me .....

You are a "Guru" (teacher) in the true sense of the word, as you impart and share your knowledge in totality, and I'm lucky to have you as a teacher. Kavita.

I’m lucky enough to have had some elocution classes with Serena face-to-face some years ago in Bournemouth. Having English as a second language I used Serena’s knowledge and professionalism to help me, at first, to understand that an accent can be a part of your character and this gives your speech some flavour. The important bit is to understand and learn how to speak every single word clearly, with a good pace, with high and lows which make your speech interesting. It was enlightening, and now I have found online all those wonderful classes with a genuine English lady. This is priceless. Thank you Serena!

At the end of last term my son went for head boy and delivered an amazing speech, something we never imagined he would put himself forward for. The teachers were taken aback by his confidence and presence, he buzzed with excitement for days afterwards and said he loved speaking in public. It is through all your hard work that he has this turn around in his approach to speaking and for this we will be forever grateful. Elaine

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