Teaching Young Learners
A global survey of English for young learners showed that English is being introduced in primary schools, with greater drive and demand than ever befor.
The age at which children start learning English has been lowering across the world.
It has moved from being introduced in junior high schools to elementary schools– and even to pre-schools as of late.
The trend has recently gathered momentum and the intention is often directed towards creating a bilingual population.
?When and Why Should a Child Learn English
One rationale for teaching English to young
children is the idea that they find
it easier to learn languages than older students.
Many experts agree that the earlier
a child is introduced to a foreign language, the greater the chances are that the child will become proficient as they are natural and easygoing as learners.
They imitate and communicate in an unreserved manner without the fear of making mistakes.
Age appropriate songs, games, and dialogues accompanying their learning process
all play important roles towards creating a comfortable, familiar learning environment.
Another logical reason for introducing English to younger learners is to guarantee
a sizable cumulative amount of instruction during their school age years needed
to master the language; as with any subject, the more a child is exposed to learning
a language, the more capable s/he will become.
Foreign language programs in elementary schools are most common. English is taught as a distinct subject, much like math or science, a few hours a week.
The more frequent the classes and the greater the opportunity for practice, children may achieve significant understanding of the learned language.
In most cases, learning English enhances a child's native language ability.
Common vocabulary helps children learn the meaning of new words in both the
mother tongue and in English.
Evidence suggests that in addition to developing a lifelong ability to communicate
with people world-wide, early language instruction may help children improve their overall school performance and problem-solving skills.
In addition, by introducing children to different cultures, the foreign language learners generally broaden their outlook and develop a deeper understanding of
other cultures as well as their own