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Questions by parents answered by professional teachers

Question: Do you think 2 years old are too little for foreign language?

Answer: In fact it is easier for the 2 year old to study foreign language than for other age groups

There are even certain advantages in studying English as a second language for toddlers. At this age children have not mastered command in their own native language and are in the prossess of its active learning.kinder_3_ That's why on one hand the ability of small children to learn foreign languages is almost zero. On the other hand children at this age learn English as naturally as they learn their mother tongue! They simply learn how to speak at a very fast pace and on this way they don't differentiate between foreign and native languages. In other words, children at the age of 2 or 3 can learn several languages simultaneously without much efforts. In fact, age up to 3 years old is an excellent time to learn foreign language. It is true, though, that such learning at such age requires totally different approach than with other age groups. Another thing to mention is that the effectiveness of learning at this age depends more on the frequency of the lessons than on there duration.

General characteristics of children at the age of 2 years old

The main distinguishing characteristic is that children at this age don't perceive a person who speaks to them in English as a teacher. Instead they simply want to play and view a teacher as a "playmate" rather than a couch. It happens because at this age children are still immersed in their own needs and activities and they get bored easily with anything which does not raise their interest or brings them pleasure. The teacher has performed his/her task well if he/she has managed to establish a good contact with a child and got his/her attention. Because at this age the only thing which can motivate a child to "learn" language is an interesting "playmate, partner". It is not an easy job to teach toddlers. Sometimes a kid will be sitting without any sign of reaction whatsoever to the words or actions of the teacher. At the same the teacher at this age (toddlers) cannot make a child do what he/she wants. The teacher can only adjust to what a toddler wants to do and try to lead the lesson by giving a child activities which he/she is interested in.  

EnglishKid employs teachers who can successfully work with the children of this little age.

teddy_bearWhat is better - a lesson held completely in foreign language or mixed with the native language of a child?

Answer: It is more natural at this age for the kids to listen to a person who speaks language without switching back and forth.

It is believed that children don't accept the "idea" of foreign languages up to the age of 3 or even 4 years old. It means basically that there are no "foreign languages" for them. There are different people who talk in different ways! Children at this age take it as a fact when somebody speaks language which they don't understand. They don't protest about it. At this age the brain of a child perceives a speech based on the tone of the speech, the emotional attribute of the speech, the length of the gaps between the words, length of vowels and consonants and other tiny details and not based on the "language classification" principle. In some countries with mixed population children learn up to 4 or 5 languages at this age simply by listening to and trying to communicate with the people who are native speakers of these languages. This is why it is better when a teacher speaks completely and solely the language a child is "learning".

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