Teaching Alex and Emma English – Twinkl Review


It has always been very important to Michael and I that Alex and Emma would go to Greek school and that they would be bilingual. However, it is only in the last 2 months that we have realised that when they go to big school, they will be taught English as a foreign language and not as their first language. I am not entire sure how this never occurred to us but then we sat down and had a talk about it, it was glaringly obvious. Honestly, mama guilt began to kick in and both Michael and I felt that we had let them down by not realising this earlier.


Teaching Alex And Emma English


A week or two later, I was chatting with Alex’s teacher in the nursery and she was singing his praises. In the last 3 years she hasn’t had a huge amount of interaction with him, but any time she had spoken with him, it was in English. She was saying that she was concerned that Alex wouldn’t be able to keep up and that his Greek wasn’t as good as the other children as he never spoke it. However, it turns out that there was no need for her to worry as Alex is really good in nursery. He able to recognise letters, write his name, and speak without issue in Greek. I was beaming I was so happy when she told me, but then I began to stress out that he couldn’t do those things in English. Mama guilt is a complete and utter bitch. I was so happy to hear that Alex was doing so well but then out of no where the guilt came about their lack of English comprehension. Let’s face it, they will learn English. They will learn to speak it and read it at home, but Michael and I are possibly not the best people to teach them the semantics of the language.


We are the only people in our families to live in a non English speaking country and as a result we don’t really have anyone to lead us by example. We could just leave it for the next few years and see how they get on in school and how they cope with studying two languages, but we want to be slightly more proactive than that. Whilst we have no immediate plans to return to Ireland (or leave Cyprus) we do want them to be prepared should that arise. I can imagine it would be a big transition to go from thinking, learning and speaking in Greek everyday to doing it in English. There is a chance that I may be overthinking this (it wouldn’t be the first time!) but we think it will be beneficial to at least give them some help. So with that in mind, we will be using the resources¬† provided at Twinkl to enable us to begin teaching Alex and Emma the basics of the English language.


Twinkl Resources Alex


If you haven’t heard of Twinkl, you are seriously missing out! The site provides award-winning teaching, planning and assessment materials for children of all ages. Whilst the site is primarily aimed at teachers, it is a fantastic resource for those who are home educating and for people like us who need resources to help improve language skills beyond what is being taught in school. Although this will be my first time using their resources for children, I have been using the Twinkl Elderly Care resources for some time with clients of mine who have Dementia. We have had some great results with the reminiscence therapy packs so I am sure that Alex and Emma will be equally as pleased and enthralled as my clients were.


Teaching Alex And Emma English Twinkl Review

Over the coming months, I will be sharing our journey through pictures and posts, both here and on Instagram. I am already planning a minibeast hunt for them (although it is still very much summer here so I may need to hold off Autumn activities until later on in the year when it cools down a bit) and as Alex is Halloween OBSESSED there will be lots of fun with the Halloween resources in the coming weeks.


If you are an expat parent, or your child is learning a language that isn’t your first language, I would love to connect. This is a unique journey, but one that is becoming more and more common and sometimes it is nice to speak with people who have similar experiences. Let me know in the comments below!


Twinkl have given me a free subscription in return for my review – but all thoughts and opinions are my own.







  1. October 7, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Oooh I’m going to check out twinkl now!

    • Susan
      October 9, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Do! There are some really amazing resources and great ways of incorporating additional learning in a way that doesn’t feel like learning. Thanks for commenting x

  2. October 7, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    No, you did the right thing! They will pick English up in no time, don’t worry about it!

    • Susan
      October 9, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      I hope so! I am sure I am overthinking it, but I would rather be prepared x Thanks for commenting x

  3. October 7, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Honestly, most English schools don’t teach grammar or punctuation properly or in depth anyway so they will probably learn more when being taught it as a second language!

    • Susan
      October 9, 2017 / 11:53 am

      I hope so Debbie! Our biggest worry is that should we ever decide to move from Cyprus that they would be at a disadvantage by not learning English as a first language but be expected to be the same as any other child due to us being Irish. A mothers worry is never done!

  4. October 7, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I’m sure they’ll pick up English really quickly! Twinkl resources are fab, I’ve been using bits with the children for years now and there is so much choice, you can always find what you are after!

    • Susan
      October 9, 2017 / 11:51 am

      They both surprise me with just how quickly they learn. Twinkl really is great and Alex and Emma really feel like they are playing when we are using their resources. Thanks for commenting x

  5. October 9, 2017 / 11:56 am

    This looks like a really fantastic resource!

  6. October 10, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    We almost moved to France where there are lots of ex-pats, and there are specific classes there in English for English speaking kids, so that they don’t lose their abilities to read and write in their native language, even though they speak it perfectly well. Twinkle resources are lovely, I’ve never had full membership, but even their free stuff is great so I can imagine the membership is fantastic!

  7. October 14, 2017 / 12:27 am

    What a fantastic resource, will have to look at these. I’m sure they will catch up, how amazing that they will be bilingual! X

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