I received this question from a teacher today:
“The most mellow of the 3 boys also has a pretty low attention span but the main problem is that he literally won’t say ANYTHING to me, except my name occasionally when he wants my attention. What can I do?”
Most likely he is afraid of failure. Keep going in English – teaching single words along the lines of the listening games in Teach Your Child English – at first he has to hear the words over and over to get the hang of how they sound. Only teach 3 words in one lesson to start out with – if you are only teaching 3 words, over and over through different games he will end up by saying them! He just needs to feel safe doing so.