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• The sooner, the better.

 
 
  The sooner, the better.
 

By Miss NELE MARIE GHYS

 



Foreign languages are increasingly showing up
on the school curriculum of many families, for a
variety of reasons. Some parents want to improve
their children's ability to communicate with those
around them and consequently gaining cultural
understanding. Others would like to prepare them
for careers in our increasingly globalize world.
 

The study of foreign languages, however, presents a special problem for
many parents. Often, they are uncomfortable trying to teach a foreign language
if they do not speak it proficiently themselves . And it's almost impossible to
truly learn a language without speaking and interacting in that same language.
That's why the speaking is so important. Studying grammar and vocabulary
is an essential component of learning a foreign language. But to truly speak
another language with confidence, nothing can replace practicing one's skills
with native speakers. And the more people speak, the more comfortable they are
with a language. The Extra English Program (EEP) at Prangthip Kindergarten
offers your child the opportunity to learn and to start communicating in English
at a very early stage in his' or her's education . The EEP program focuses on
the development of the speaking skills of the children, as they are immerged
and brought to talk English almost the whole day trying to communicate
with the English teacher.

It is important to know that most learners begin their acquisition process with
a silent period, in which they speak very little if at all. For some this is a period
of language shock, in which the learner actively rejects the incomprehensible
input of the new language. However, research has shown that many "silent"
learners are rehearsing important survival phrases and vocabulary. Other
learners have no silent period and pass directly to the actual speaking,
in which the semantics and grammar of the target language are simplified
and the learners begin to construct a true interlanguage.

Parents often worry that learning a second language will harm their child's
first-language learning. Quite the contrary. Also here research has shown
that early exposure to a second language increases a child's capacity to
learn languages and to enhances children's overall mental development,
but also higher self-esteem, thinking and reasoning skills, math's ability,
earlier reading and better cultural understanding. Bilingual children have
a better understanding of our multi-cultural world, which is a definite
advantage in this time of high tech and high skilled jobs. In other words
they are better equipped for competing in tomorrow's job market.

 


In the first 12 years the brain is
a huge sponge and absorbs
a lot of information. After that,
any further learning has to be
gained through long and hard
traditional learning.

   
   
  So, I guess the message is clear, the sooner your child learns English, the better.

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