Helping your Child learn English

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‘Help your child learn English’ is an article written by Alison Little for a third sector Organisation based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Helping your child Learn English

The single most important factor in your children mastering English will be your interest in their learning and the encouragement they can provide. First, you need to learn English to high-level yourselves and ideally speak the language of your new country within the home.

Younger children will benefit from playing games while using English to communicate. Reading illustrated story books in English will bring delight to the bedtime routine. Audio Books are great if you are less confident about reading out loud, these are available free to hire from your local library.

Tongue twisters are great for language development, try:

‘I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream’

on a fine summers day in Vale Park.

For older children, when cooking together tray following a recipe with instructions in English. Make sure the instructions on Wii or PlayStation games consoles are set to English. Ask English speaking friends over and encourage them to join clubs where they will make more friends.

Apps to help to learn English are widely available and easy to download to your phone. Take a look at:

Duolingo

Memrise

Busuu

All are fun, free and can be set to the correct level for your child.

1-2-1 language tuition can be a great way of making progress in the art of reading and writing English. ‘Sign up to English lessons Live’ also organise individual lessons through Skype, the first 25 minute lesson is free.

There are also plenty of online courses to help them excel in the new language;

Future Learn

Alison

The BBC also offers resources and course for those looking to learn English, ideal for a variety of ages and levels.

Chris Polatch and Susan Bullock are the two main English tuition tutors within Aylesbury. The youth space section of the Buckinghamshire County Council website is a great resource for finding more information on local children’s social clubs. The ‘Dead Universe Comics’ junior club is great for reinforcing language development with illustrated sources. A great scheme to consider is the gardening project ran by Aylesbury Youth Action, though this the young people help older residents with gardening jobs they are unable to do themselves. Mature members of the community are often keen to engage in conversations with the younger generation, a great way of progressing speaking skills further.

Most of all don’t worry if your child seams behind at school, a multi-lingual child will soon catch up.

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Sleet Feet

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Sleet Feet in an extract from the fictional novel: Casual Nexus, currently being written by Alison Little. No characters or events depicted are based on real life.

 

Sal looks up towards the sky, daylight was only just beginning to make its way through the intensity of the waterlogged clouds. She looks up towards the street lamp, sleet is falling heavily, the cold ice of the snow combined with the raw whipping of the rain. The lamp shines from the centre, enlightening the heavy grey of the skies expanse. The sleet flickers across the illumination lashing towards the ground before it disintegrates and draws its way through the drainage systems. Sal shivers slightly, her feet were cold as her trainers were worn badly, the soles almost coming away from the main body even after being glued back together last week. Her mother had insisted on buying her new trainers for her return to college in September, because of the lack of money Sal had opted for a cheap pair and they were in tatters. She decided she would get a new pair at the weekend after she was paid off her part-time job collecting glasses. She wouldn’t be left with very much but there was a bit extra from the evenings she had covered to avoid Jack. The icy water seeps into her shoes, making its way to her toes as she shakes on the winters morning.

It is Wednesday of the week her brother Jack is home on leave from the army, Sal had been up and out before he had even got out of bed. Since his return on Sunday evening, she had managed to avoid any real contact with him. Apart from an obligatory ‘Hello’ she had either been out of the house or been able to make an excuse to go to bed early. This evening was, in fact, the only one where she was not covering a shift in the pub except Sunday, he should be going back on Monday, then she would be safe again. That afternoon Sal had stayed late in six form, there was an informal table tennis contest going on and she joined in, playing well in view of how distracted she felt. When everyone began to drift off she stayed until there were only one or two others then began to make her way slowly towards home. The darkness had returned, bringing the sleet and ice of the rain with it as the sunset. Although a fast walker Sal took her time, wandering from side to side making progress like a ship lost at sea, circling the expanse of the ocean.

Toes begin to blue as the ice from the sleet seep into the over worn trainers, Sal returns to the smell of her Mum cooking dinner. When she inquires about the location of Jack her Mother explains that he had going to stay with friends for the evening. Relief floods into Sal’s mind than through the tense muscles of her body. Later that evening she decides to boil pots for a bath, as she lies back, her small breasts covered by the bubbling foam bath she hears the rain rattling as it cuts intensely through the black of the night.

She thinks about how she will be safe tonight.

 

New Embroidery Course Announced

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Embroidery from Photography

4-week course running throughout November, Saturday 4/11/17-25/11/17 from 2-4pm situated at 1 Rose Lane Studios.

Cost £12 per session.

Session 1

Discussion around suitable subjects for embroidery piece, walk to Sefton Park to take a range of photographs, digital camera an advantage for participants but one will be available. Images downloaded and suitable ones chosen, run through graphics software then printed to a fabric.

Session 2

Introduction to a range of embroidery stitches, work on small samples. Begin work on final pieces using stitches learned earlier in the session.

Session 3

Continue to work on final pieces, group discussion around choices of stitches selected.

Session 4

Edge finishing techniques demonstrated, use of re-purposed frames for presentation. Introduction to the commercial aspects of working as a textile artist based in the North-West.

Contact to book your place.