Because many children are not able to learn foreign languages, schools should not force them to learn foreign languages. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Some feel that since it is challenging for
children
to learn a foreign
language
,
schools
should not emphasize
this
subject area. In my opinion, the challenge is the entire justification for supporting
second
language
education. Critics argue that the majority of
children
are simply incapable of learning an additional
language
. The best evidence for
this
is anecdotal and relates to the increasingly large burden of work placed on young
children
.
Schools
in many parts of the world, particularly in high-achieving nations
such
as South Korea and Japan, are in session for many hours and students learn an array of subjects. They are usually taught English, the world’s lingua franca, and
this
is especially difficult for speakers of Asian languages, where there is little shared linguistic history. The end result is often that students waste time and may feel discouraged and lack self-esteem.
However
,
children
can learn languages better than adults and the challenge presented is itself an important lesson. If the
schools
have invested in proper training and use engaging materials
then
the lessons will not be boring and there is a stronger likelihood of success. Research has shown that
language
learning is most effective before the age of 7, with pronunciation becoming a stumbling block for older learners who already have fixed vocal formations.
Moreover
, the difficulty of learning a
language
encourages
children
to work harder and expand their ability to learn in creative ways.
This
applies to all subjects but languages stand out as students must seek novel memorization techniques and view the world from a completely different perspective. In conclusion, despite the low rates of success in many cases, the impact of attempting to learn a
language
is itself tremendously beneficial.
Schools
should
therefore
continue funding
this
part of the curriculum.
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