CHILDREN SHOULD LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE WHEN THEY ARE 3 OR 4

CHILDREN SHOULD LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE WHEN THEY ARE 3 OR 4

By: Leah Norton

Is it best to learn a foreign language while kids are still learning English, or should they learn it after? Should they start when they are younger or older? Pin Oak is a language magnet school, but should kids really learn a foreign language at the age of 11-14? Let’s find out.

The first 5 years are life are believed to be the most vital period in a child’s life according to Facts For Life and many other websites. These are the years that they learn the basics like their attitudes and foundation to themselves. When a child learns English, they learn by listening to their parents. If they hear both languages before they learn English completely, they could mix up the languages. However, if they learn a foreign language right after they learn English, they will be able to learn the language just as well as they learned English. Think about it, do you remember learning English? Do you remember a lot from when you were 3 and 4?

Being a tween and teen is already difficult without having to learn a whole other language. It is much harder to focus at this age. Did you take a class to learn English? We take classes for other languages.   “I think that it was easier for me to learn English without taking a class. I only say this because my parents spoke to me in English when I was first learning how to talk,” said a student in 5th period Spanish.

In conclusion, I believe it would be best to learn a foreign language right after you learn English ( around 4 years of age). This way you won’t be stressed by other things, and it will be just as easy to learn a new language as you did English.