Ask The Expert: How Can I Help My Teen Cope With Being In A New Country?

Have a talk with your child about their hopes for the future – as opposed to your hopes for their future!

Moving to another school or country is always challenging for teenagers. They often leave behind good friends, established routines and familiar surroundings. Encourage your child to maintain relations with friends back home, especially until new connections are established in Singapore. Explore new locations together and discuss the benefits of living in a country and culture other than your own.

Garth Sadler, Head of Year 7 at Australian International School, shares some vital tips to adapting to a new environment:

How do I help my child to better learn another language?
As parents and teachers, we are well aware of the benefits of learning another language. However, it can be difficult for adolescents to see these benefits as they often don’t bear fruit until their adult years. The key is to show them the practical side of learning another language. In Singapore, if your child is learning Mandarin, take them to a hawker centre and get them to order food in Mandarin. The locals will appreciate the effort! Most importantly, parents must be seen by their child as supportive of them learning the language.

What should I do if my child is struggling to organise themselves at school?
Help them establish routines at home; use a whiteboard in a very visible place at home to record what’s happening during the week. If time management is an issue, establish clear times for homework, play and rest – including strict limits on screen time. If your child reports that they struggle to engage with a particular subject or teacher, make time to speak to the teacher and share your child’s concerns with an open mind.

The only international school in Singapore for students aged 2 months to 18 years that operates on a Southern hemisphere school year, Australian International School (AIS) offers a combination of robust Australian and international curriculum pathways to ensure that students reach their full potential.

Australian International School
1 Lorong Chuan, 566818
Tel: 6653 7906


From The Finder (Issue 297) , March 2019

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