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Kaja and I learn English every day, and she is looking forward   to it.She asks me continuously which games are due next!

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  I've already had success with  two of your games. Yesterday just before going to a lesson I       managed to watch a little of the first video with Anna. I had a    lesson with two sisters aged 5 &   7 and we played your game with  the rope and another one where  you hide the cards and give them 5 seconds to find them.

They, or rather we, had so much fun, they loved both games and  just wanted to keep on playing, in fact the 5 year old got quite upset when I told her it was time for me to go home.

Vanessa Stuart, Cape Town Teaching in Ravenna, Italy

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I just came back from my lesson with an 11 year old boy and he just loved the games (so did I).

My lessons were starting to be a bit dull as I had explored all my resources of English games. But that is going to change now, thanks to you.

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I would like to take this opportunity to say what a wonderful book you have put together. The children just love the games and I was amazed at how well they remembered new vocab and grammar points!

Each child has his own particular favorite game and no matter how much fun we have playing the other games, we always have to play his favorite at the end of every lesson.

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My lessons were starting to be a bit dull as I had explored all my resources of English games. But that is going to change now, thanks to you.

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photo of Shelley VernonHow to Teach Your Child English One on One and Make it Fun!

This is Shelley Vernon.  Thank you for visiting Home English Teacher.

Here you will find out:

  How to teach your child English.
  How to make your one on one lessons fun and effective. 

This super method works for parents teaching their children and for teachers working one on one with private pupils.


Can't see this video?  Watch it here.

Here's how to get started teaching your child English:

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Watch the video above to see just how much fun teaching your child English can be – for you and for the child! 

To feel even more inspired, check out the fun teaching tips further down this page.

Any parent can teach! 

your child learning EnglishMany parents want their children to speak English as a second or foreign language but do not know how to go about it.  Even teachers can be at a loss on how to make a one to one lesson fun.  Well look no further because you really have got the answer here!

I already have several teaching books under my belt for groups and classrooms of all ages, but this website is devoted to the ambitious parent who wants his or her child to have every chance in life and learn the vital skill in today's world that is speaking English.

My sister-in-law inadvertently inspired me to create this website when I witnessed the total lack of progress of her own child in learning English in the school system, even though my sister-in-law is one hundred percent bilingual!!!

What a waste!  With a totally bilingual mother and bilingual grandparents in the next-door house, the daughter is now struggling in the secondary school system and if her mother had known what to do and how to help her, she could be fluent by now!  

As it is Julie's mother relied on the local primary school to fill the gap, but SIX YEARS of primary school lessons and Julie never got beyond "my name is Julie"!  And please do note that Julie was top of the class for everything and quite capable of learning if only her class teachers had been capable of teaching it!  But you can't teach what you don't know, and in many primary schools in France the teachers do not speak English, yet they are required to teach it…

So whatever country you live in, you can't fix the education system overnight but you CAN take action yourself and give your child the gift of English.  Either find a private tutor and give that tutor this web page, or take matters into your own hands and do it yourself! 

You can certainly do this as a parent and you don't need any formal training as a teacher, but you do need one precious resource, and that is some time.  Twenty minutes three times a week with your child will already do wonders.  Even once a week is better than nothing. 

I've always been involved in languages in one way or another – either studying foreign languages or teaching English and I know the importance of starting young.  This can put your child streets ahead.

So let's get right down to some positive information you can use.



* DO * sign up for the free games above – these will give you concrete ways of teaching vocabulary, revising it and introducing grammar through sentences.

When you receive a free game email schedule a time to read up on that game and actually use it with your child.  It's fine if you just do 5 minutes together with one game – that's some quality time you spent together that helped your child learn something.

We are all so busy these days if you don't "just do it" then it may never happen.  So grab that game and try it at the next opportunity.

If you are a teacher of course you'll have to wait till your next class – so be sure to include it in the next class – the games can be used to teach anything so it does not matter what topic you are currently on.

* DO * watch the video examples on this site of games in action.

That will give you confidence as you'll see that's it is not rocket science - just good fun and very easy, once you know what to do.

* Consider * getting my full One to One teaching resource.  

You may want to wait until you have tried out some free games to get your feet wet.  Or if you are ready to plunge right in then go ahead and get it today – you'll see more about it lower down.




* NEVER * criticize your child, make fun of his or her accent or insinuate that he or she is not very good at English or is slow learning.

You may be ambitious for your child to become fluent and feel frustrated that he or she keeps forgetting things.  That's quite normal!  How do you expect your child to instantly remember a lot of strange sounds that he never hears outside of your lessons?

The method here will show you how to help the child remember through constant repetition using fun language games, role-plays, stories and songs.

* ALWAYS * be encouraging, smile and praise the child, whatever the outcome of a lesson.  

Scowling at your child because he has forgotten last week's words will not help him remember them!  In fact very likely it will put him off wanting to learn English totally, because your negative reaction will make him think he is no good at it.

* NEVER * use competition between siblings.  

This can have a destructive effect on the relationship between the children, causing jealousy and feelings of inadequacy if there are winners and losers.




* DO * practise regularly.  

fun language gameProgress will be far quicker with frequent short sessions rather than one long one every now and then.  For example three sessions of twenty minutes will yield better results than one session of an hour.

This is because children need constant repetition to remember vocabulary.  In a situation where a child is learning English as a foreign language he or she may not hear a word of English outside of the time you spend together.  Therefore if you do a lesson and then forget about it the vocabulary you covered will go in one ear and out the other.

* DO * revise constantly.

Using games allows you to revise large amounts of vocabulary quickly so every lesson make sure you include a mix of revision and new themes.

* There's no need * to get bogged down in grammar.

Teach grammar through using sentences in games rather than explaining rules.  Of course adults like to learn about rules but with children it's not necessarily helpful – it's better to spend the time practising with games so that the structures are learned naturally, the way a native speaker learns – just through hearing and using the language.  After all when you learned to speak your own language you did not first sit down to a grammar lesson did you?

If you are a teacher and you are brilliant at teaching grammar then why not!  There's nothing wrong with it at all.  It's just important for parents to know that grammar can be "absorbed" as well as "taught".  For example your eight-year-old daughter does not need to know the ins and outs of the conditional tense in order to say; "I would like some water please."

So parents, take heart – you really can teach your child English, even if you don't understand English grammar yourself.  And that brings me to…




OK you may be worrying about whether your own English is good enough to teach. 


How good at English do you have to be?


In an ideal world you will have a rich vocabulary, fluent speech, natural intonations and a lovely accent – you'd be English!! (or American, Australian, etc.)  But what if that's not the case?  Well it's your choice.  Either you do nothing and ruin your childs chances of becoming bilingual, or you hire a native speaker to do the job for you, or can do your best and get started on the task.  

If you have the means then hiring a native tutor is ideal and you can speed up the learning process at home by practising with your child in addition to the lessons.  If you don't have the means for a private tutor then do it yourself, no matter what your own English is like, it's still better than nothing.


What if you have a foreign accent?


You may have an accent, just like a large number of English teachers who are not native speakers and your child will pick that up and imitate you.  How important is that?  The bottom line is can people understand what is being said?  If not then you will want to work on your own accent, but if what you are saying is understandable then, to my mind, that's good enough.


What if you make mistakes when you speak English?


I know English people who makes mistakes!  With beginners it's particularly important that you use grammatically correct sentences with this method so take the trouble to check on the sentences you plan on teaching. 


How do you know what to teach and in what order?


With the full teaching resource available on this page a suggested curriculum is included with vocabulary themes,  covering a range of topics and progressing through the task of learning English in a logical manner.  This is a great help to parents who are not so confident about what to teach.  For teachers it's an extra option but the method will fit in with your own ideas and curriculum just as well.

Accuracy final comments

As far as learning English goes your child is a field of freshly fallen snow.  Try to put some nice clean prints in there and not a pile of sludge!!  

But don't worry too much about foreign accents – you don't want to get yourselves into a state of paralysis over this – after all it's a natural phenomena, and it can be quite charming anyway to have an accent.  The important thing is that people can understand you.



Who is it for? 


It's for parents and teachers wanting to teach English on a one to one basis, or to a couple of siblings.

"I tried your one on one games and had an amazing result. My student was bursting with happiness. I'm very happy. Thank you!!!!" Khromykhina Olena, Ukraine.


What level of English?


It's meant for beginners to lower intermediates.  The language games are fun ways of drilling new vocabulary and revising known words.  All the basic English sentence and question structures can be practised through these games.


What age is appropriate?


This resource is ideal for age 3 through to 12.  Having said that if you have a fun loving teenager who is at beginner to lower intermediate level in English then the games can also work.  I suggest in this case that you try out the free ones first to see how they go.

There are stories available as an add-on that you may follow as a curriculum if you are teaching three to fives, plus a teaching twos report, also available separately.


How much time do you need?


This is up to you.  For faster progress use the resource more often.  A minimum of 45 minutes is needed for you to download and read up on a few games to get started.  Once you are in the swing of it you will be able to take as little as 5 minutes to prepare for a lesson with your child.

Get Going Right Away With The Full Teaching Resource!

Help for all pupils, including dyslexic children

I could write you miles and miles of compliments, but I think there is only one word rich enough to express my fully gratitude: THANK YOU!

I started today with the younger girl and was very surprised. She managed to stay concentrated for more than half an hour which is fantastic for a dyslectic. THANK YOU FORM ALL MY HEART! Savinka Geratic, Slovenia



Downloadable Book of 143 language games written up for teaching your child one to one

Use these games from age three up to age twelve – for beginners to lower intermediate – learning and practising vocabulary and sentences.


Two and a quarter hours of video!!

Video of two full lessons in action – one with a six year old and one with a twelve year old – both beginners and learning English as a foreign language.  PLUS one hour of games in the book demonstrated.

See the steps from start to finish – introducing new language, practising it together in fun ways until the child can speak it alone!

Commentary provided for the video so you can understand what I am doing and why.  Replicate these lessons at home and use them as a base to  teach other language.
Email support from Shelley if you get stuck (within limits of course – I can't plan all your lessons for you, but I can help you get started!)
All the above are DOWNLOADS so you pay no postage – you receive everything by email immediately upon ordering through the secure order page.  The videos you watch online.

This resource will allow you to teach your child English and spend fun time together.  It can only help you become even more popular with your child too because he or she will love the attention and learning with you.

The games book and videos are 25 USD or 19 euros or 17 GBP all included.  Click on the order button below in the currency of your choice.  That will take you through to secure ordering.

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teach your child English

She is not like the other teachers;
she teaches us
while playing.
It's really fun
and you can remember it better.

Julie Gambade, age 10, Grenoble, France

Enjoyment guaranteed!

My compliments for the book! I used some of your games today and can safely say that my student has never enjoyed a lesson so much!

Graziella Malnati, Italy

A new dimension of ideas!

I've been able to open the book and I've started to see the videos. Just great!! This has open a whole new dimension for me as I had run out of ideas!

Ruth Braso, Spain

The videos really help!

I just love the material and how well the classes go. Thanks a lot for your superb work! The video I've watched is Anna's one. It helped me so much! I wasn't really sure how things could be during my first class.

Everything was new to me. And the video made it so easy to understand your system. I loved it. I wish I had learned English like that when I was a kid.

Ana Lucia Garcia Mendes, Brazil

This parent can't believe her children still remember vocabulary from an isolated lesson six months previously!

Six months ago, my four year old and my seven year old spent 20 minutes with Shelley using these techniques to learn colours; 

I was amazed to find that they still remember them all today!

Julie O’Devlin, Salisbury, UK

Your pupils will remember you forever!

We are both missing you a lot. Victoria's French is really keeping her ahead in school and she’s getting As all the time, and it's helping me as well because lots of French people come into my class at school! 

The French people say to count up to 20 and it is really easy as I can count up to 60! Wish you were here, love from Hannah.

Hannah Watson, Canterbury, UK

Total success with difficult student

My student has difficulty in concentrating and remembering vocabulary etc....

I have to say that with your games my lesson was a total success, not only for me but for him as well. He was on the ball whole lesson and at the end he remembered nearly everything. I cannot wait for him to come back next week!

Your methods certainly work and they are worth every penny.

Dorota Cooper, Pstragowa, Poland.

The kids get into the games and learn faster too

I'm writing to tell you how happy I am with the Parents Games book, I have found the way to make the class more fun...instead of sitting in a table trying to keep the children interested.

I realized that activities that involve them moving around is a lot more fun and they get really into them, and learn a lot faster too!

Maria Eugenia Flores Torres, Spain

This could not be simpler...

I have just watched all the videos - it's pure gold for me. I love your teaching and learning method a lot. It's simply the illustration of one of my beliefs as a teacher ( Less is more), but I've never succeeded in simplifying things as much as you did.

...or more needed.

My pupils really enjoy the games. I also enjoy them. They really need them as they need more variety and so do I.

Thank you again for helping me break my limiting beliefs concerning the role of the language games in the classroom.

Cristina Pupaza, Gura Humorului, Romania

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