Why teach English to young children?

  •  The children find it easy to accept a new linguistic code because they are still learning their own.
  • They find it easy to pronounce the new sounds for the same reason.
  • They don’t feel self-conscious about sounding different.
  • If they have a good experience of learning a language at this age, they will remember it with fondness, so will find it easier to learn languages later in life.

Long-term educational aims of teaching languages to young children:

  • To encourage open-mindedness by preparing the child for the understanding and tolerance of different ways of thinking and learning.
  • To help to improve cognitive development, by offering a further instrument for organising knowledge.
  • To encourage greater creativity as a consequence of a constant comparison between different linguistic codes.

Source: Fun English for Kids, Fiona L Cooper

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