Many parents want their children to learn a second language from a very young age. [In anticipation of the globalization of society]
[We struggled learning a second language and don’t want our children to go through the same thing]
[It will be easier for them to get a job when they get older if they can speak another language]
There are various reasons for wanting your child to study a second language from a young age but parents should take time to consider the pros and cons before rushing them into it.
In this article, we would like to introduce some of the demerits of having your child learn a second language too early.
Many parents think that when it comes to studying a second language the earlier the better.
To match these needs, foreign language schools are creating schools for young babies.
However, at these schools we often see children who are not interested in learning a second language running around the room and children who have a tantrum because they do not understand what is going on.
Because of this negative first experience with a second language, these children often end up disliking foreign languages later in life.
It may be best to wait until a child is ready and wants to study a foreign language on his/her own.
Also, starting a new language too early may have an effect on a child’s ability to speak one’s first language.
Having an interest in a second language is not a bad thing but it is also important for your child to be able to understand and speak their first language so they can communicate with their friends, teachers and family around them in their home country.
A child’s brain develops during early childhood.
As a result, we often hear that once children turn 6 years old their brain development slows down and by the time they turn 10 years old it almost stops all together.
Therefore, if you want to enhance your child’s listening and pronunciation skills in a foreign language, you should expose them to a native speaker in the language before they turn 6 years old.
It is important to take into consideration your child’s developmental stage when determining when to start a second language.
However, it is also important to consider their age.
Instead of just forcing foreign language learning on your child, it is important to consider whether your child is interested in learning a new language or not.
If he/she is not interested but forced to go to the class, it is more likely that he/she will dislike foreign language in the future.
Many parents consider going to lessons as a form of discipline and force their children to attend classes.
However, this will only make your child dislike the classes even more.
In order to increase their child’s interest, it is important for parents to show their children that learning a foreign language is fun.
Singing songs and playing activities in a foreign language with friends and family is a fun way to pick up a new language. This will encourage your child to enjoy the new language rather than feel like they are being forced into studying it.
Let’s start with making studying fun and exciting!