Information for Parents and Students

Actualizado: 3 de sep de 2018

Information for Parents and Students

The English language has one of the largest vocabularies of any language with over 1 million words.

But the average English speaker only tends to actively use around 20,000 words. So which words should you or your child learn?

At Academia La Costa we work alongside the local schools and also follow the Cambridge English programme which introduces the English vocabulary used most often, at each level of language ability. We can help you or your child to learn the most useful English words up to CEFR Level B1. The vocabulary for CEFR Level B2, C1 and C2 is more specialised. We can also offer individual and group classes at these levels.

Tips and advice for Parents

There are lots of fun word games you can play with your child to practise vocabulary. For example: snap, memory, odd one out, bingo, Pictionary, charades.


Flashcards are really useful resources. Research shows that vocabulary learning improves when children have visual images.

Your child can make their own flashcards. On one piece of card, write a word. On another piece of card, add a picture for that word. Your child could illustrate their cards with their own drawings and keep them in a ‘favourite word box’.

Encourage them to use some of these new words in stories they create or in day to day situations that arise. Remember that we all learn languages best when we communicate, not just memorise words.

“Should we speak with American or British Accents?”

English speakers are used to hearing lots of different accents and types of English – it’s a really important part of learning the language. Listening activities should include hearing a variety of accents.

You and your child should practise listening to lots of different types of English, watch films, listen to music, etc There is a lot of useful English material available free on YouTube.

Learners don’t need to have an English accent. They simply need to communicate in a clear and effective way. This involves:

  • saying individual words clearly (pronunciation)

  • stressing the right parts of words and the right words in a sentence (word stress)

  • making sure the voice goes up and down at the right times (intonation).

“The Greatest Gift You Can Give a Child is a Second Language”

Here at Academia La Costa we aim to make this a reality.