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27 May 2019
The Kwinana Public Library has introduced a special program that helps families to learn and practice English in a fun environment.
Mayor Carol Adams said that the Learning English Through Storytime (LETS) program is a fun and interactive way of teaching children from families who do not speak English as a first language.
"We have many children in Kwinana who are not speaking English at home but will be expected to speak English when they commence their schooling at age four," Mayor Adams said.
"This puts a lot of pressure on children and parents to learn English, which can be both stressful and difficult, depending on work commitments and resources available to the family," she said.
The LETS program is free and includes songs, rhymes, stories and activities. Carers take part in the sessions, which are designed for children aged three to five.
"Each session has a different theme and builds on the previous session, exploring colour, days of the week, numbers and other basic concepts," Mayor Adams said.
"Importantly, the LETS program helps adults to develop the skills they need to continue teaching their children English at home," she said.
The library is currently running the first of two LETS courses for 2019. The program runs for ten weeks during term time and families who finish a course are encouraged to continue attending regular Storytime sessions at the library.