Around the World, Children
Learn English as a second language at school. However, in some places, they also learn at kindergarten (pre – school case when children are aged 2 to 5)
Nowadays, English is a global language, that’s why there is a large number of people who are learning it. Personally, I believe it is essential on a person from a non – English speaking community to learn English, but I think it is not necessary to do until a child is around 7 or 8.
Teaching English at the Kindergarten that is aged between two and five is an early exposure that 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 be seen like study at all. However, those are strong arguments against teaching English at kindergarten.
First of all, a child needs to be literate in his own language before another begins unless that child is already living in a completely bilingual environment that is his parents are native speakers of both languages, and both languages are used by people in front of the child.
Secondly, kindergarten teachers are less likely to be Native English speakers themselves, one to be competent language teachers, which means that what children learn at kindergarten could be no more than a smattering of words, 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.
Next, there is an issue that kindergartens provide English more as a marketing tool than the educational one, cashing in on concerned parents. It could also be a status symbol that a child is learning English at the age of 3 among the friends of his or her parents, it means that the child’s learning experience is subordinated to the parents prestige.
In being, kindergarten is a time to acquire social skills, motor skills and a deeper understanding of a child’s own language. English can be taught 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 is the norms, let kids be kids. It is for a child to enjoy childhood at kindergarten.