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It’s that time of the year when your child has to get up on stage and present a ppt/or a project to the entire class. Is your child nervous? Does your child engage his peers during the presentation? Does your child use the right words? There are two main functions of presenting a project/assignment: (a) it has to informative (b) it has to persuasive (convince the audience about the validity of the project, all the while ensuring that the presentation is entertaining the rest of the class and the teacher. Presentations are a great way for your child to practice vocabulary, grammar, discourse and skills such as speaking, reading, writing and listening. Is your child nervous or excited about speaking in front of his/her peers?

According to research that we conducted across various schools, we found that 47% of the parents said that their children (aged 10-13 years) adapted their vocabulary according to the context; i.e, they use different words for different purposes. Their style of using words differs according to the medium, such as oral, written or persuading someone, e.t.c. The tone (formal/informal) varies from every context, and your child be able to easily modify words depending on the situation.

When your child is able to amend his/her words according to the circumstance:

  • Your child’s writing skills improve a great deal, as he/she is able to easily blend in and react appropriately, depending on the situation
  • This trait will ensure your child is a good orator, as they enchant their audience with the ability to communicate effectively, while keeping them engaged
  • Such children more often than not display leadership qualities, and work well in groups

When your child is unable to adapt his vocabulary to the situation:

  • He/she may not be confident talking to people or in front of an audience
  • Your child may turn shy because they are not sure of how to converse with their peers

How can you help develop your child’s vocabulary and style of talking?

Here’s a parenting tip that will help your child analyze the different categories available in a context: Encourage your child to categorize facts/information into different sections. For example ask your child to name animals that live under, water but do not use gills to intake oxygen. These conversations will ensure your child is able to categorize objects or concepts based on logic or reasoning.

Download the Mai app to improve your child’s communication skills and also assess your child’s skill in ‘Semantic memory’.



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