Around the world, children learn English as a second language at school. However, in some places, they also learn at kindergarten (pre-school care, when children are aged two to five). Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of learning English at kindergarten.

As English has become the dominant
language
worldwide, vast numbers of people are learning it. The
age
of English-
language
acquisition is
also
lowering at the same time. Personally, I believe it is essential for a person from a non-English speaking community to learn English, but I think it is not necessary to do so until a
child
is around seven or eight. Supporters of teaching English
Suggestion
in
at
kindergarten
that is
, when a
child
is aged between two to five – believe that early exposure will produce more competent speakers. Parents who are keen to give their
child
a head start in an ever more competitive world are persuaded by
this
idea. They think that if English is combined with play, it will be easily absorbed, and not seem like study at all.
However
, there are strong arguments against teaching English
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in
at
kindergarten
.
Firstly
, linguists claim that a
child
needs to be literate in his or her own
language
before another is begun unless that
child
is already living in a completely bilingual environment –
that is
: his or her parents are native speakers of both languages, and both languages are used around the
child
.
Secondly
,
kindergarten
teachers are less likely to be native English speakers themselves, or to be competent
language
teachers, which means that what children learn
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in
at
kindergarten
could be no more than a smattering of words – ‘Hello’ ‘Goodbyes’, numbers, colours, and the names of animals. All of these could be learnt very quickly in a school classroom at the
age
of seven
in addition
to proper grammar and good pronunciation.
Then
there is the issue that kindergartens provide ‘English’ more as a marketing tool than an educational one, cashing in on concerned parents. It could
also
be a status symbol that a
child
is learning English at the
age
of three among the friends of his or her parents, meaning that the
child
’s learning experience is subordinated to the parents’ prestige. In my view,
kindergarten
is a time to acquire social skills, motor skills, and a deeper understanding of a
child
’s own
language
. English can come later when a
child
is more capable of focused learning, and when the teaching is likely to be better. In an
age
where the endless pursuit of qualifications and accomplishments seems the norm, why not let a
child
be a
child
Suggestion
in
at
kindergarten
?

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