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In the UK there is a programme on the BBC called Newsround, it has been going for decades, which is news specifically aimed and edited for children. While it can be a little too focused on human interest stories and cuddly animals, it does also try to offer a simplified version of the news. This would be a great sort of introduction - not just the ...


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I agree you want to be careful on how much tragedy you expose a 5 year old to, especially considering that the amount of coverage tragedies get on televised news programs far outweighs their frequency of occurrence in reality. You don't want your child to think that every hour there are murders, rapes, and other horrors happening in his neighborhood, nor do ...


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To answer your last question, I think that it does make it harder to teach about things that you actively exclude from your house. What is it that you want to teach your children? Do you want them to patently hate any and all forms of advertisement? Or do you want them to develop the ability to understand what they are and why they say what they say? We've ...


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Good and recent examples where the father is present throughout? Good luck! Having said that: Bonanza comes to mind - though its been a really long time since I saw any of it and his kids are mostly adults. Growing pains, Cosby, Family ties, Full House and Brady bunch dads/uncles had it together most episodes (most of these dads are of course, not ...


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Try getting her a selection of books in English. It won't help her pronunciation but will do wonders for her vocabulary. Books are particularly useful since the child can pace herself, stop to check a dictionary, review different sentence structures and expressions. My 9yo is learning Turkish by reading books for a 3~6 year old plus attending classes - the ...


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As a father dealing with the same issue I can tell you that there's no TV or movie that's really going to help with that situation. I also sympathize with his situation. Before my first child was born I was concerned that the lack of good role models was going to hurt my ability to be a good parent, and I looked all around in books, TV, movies, etc for ...


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Hopefully someone else can chime in with TV suggestions... I wanted to recommend that having a pen-pal who is a fluent native English speaker can do worlds of good. My 8yo son has a pen-pal about his age in Germany whose English has improved since they began to write one another. I'd be happy to write to her (use my blog's contact form to swap addresses) ...


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To be somewhat generic, I think that it really depends on what is covered in your area and how keen a person is to address the topics that are covered. Your approach seems good to me. The only thing that I might add is regular discussion of the topics, even when it doesn't seem necessary... just to get an idea of what he is processing. I know children who ...


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And here are four more tried and tested methods that anyone learning any language can use: Change the default language on her mobile phone/cellphone/Handy to English - every time its used she'll be confronted by English! Change the default language on her Computer OS/Login account to English Change her profile on Facebook (operating language - see bottom ...


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Language learners need: • A reason for speaking (Friendship? Shared love of a hobby?) • A good role model (Live internet radio? Films?) • No apparent pressure (Intrinsic motivation) So, you could, for example encourage her to: • Join an online English forum for her hobby or passion, and get her to take part in discussions relevant to her her interests ...


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Modern Family is as close as it gets to a my own clan (of family and close friends) as I've ever seen on TV. They give each other crap, they say and do things that irritate, anger, entertain, etc, but underneath it all is the family bond. All the crap that happens between the people is really on a completely different level than the family unit. I almost ...


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One thing you could do is schedule "Ad Time", a short period of the day, where you sit down with him and go through some Youtube or Online Ads, talking about the things he learned in class. Sort of a fun play-time activity, which enhances the artificiality of the adverts (so it's not like watching TV and passively absorbing them), is in an environment you ...


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Try kids shows. In kids shows the actors usually speak slowly and clearly and use simple language. Good examples are Adventure Time, SpongeBob Squarepants. Movies may help also and actually may be better, for longer story content. Anything with a +80% Tomato meter is most probably worth watching, and look for G-rated movies (to ensure simple language). ...


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When I was teaching high school, the ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher used my classroom during my planning period. Several of her students learned to speak English by listening to American music (for one Russian student, this was specifically rap music which I would not recommend since the first words he learned to use well were curse words, but ...



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