Your say (25-07-2008) Readers say that it’s never too early to start learning English Last week: We asked whether it was important for children to learn English, or whether studying a foreign language at too early an age was putting too much pressure on them. The question has attracted a lot of interests from educators and English teachers in the country. Here are some of their replies. Lauralynn Goetz, Kindermusik Educator, HCM City Think about how young children learn a language. As babies, they hear language being spoken all around them. The whole process, the sequential development of four processes – listening, speaking, reading, and writing, in that order – begins at birth and continues until after they enter first grade. Unless such a process, which develops through both structured and unstructured informal guidance, occurs early in life, children will not be fully ready to profit from formal language instruction. Pre-schools should incorporate an English usage curriculum that includes reading aloud, singing, chanting and movement as the first steps on the pathway to English literacy. Do not accept a curriculum that only purports to be fun. Consider how the activities will support a child’s development and learning. (more…)
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