TeachingForeign Languages to Children
Theworld today is very diverse, and multiculturalism is the newphenomenon in the neighborhoods and social places. Young childrenshould be introduced to foreign language to prepare them for theworld of tomorrow, a diverse multicultural world.
Teachingstudents foreign languages at the young age offer far more advantagesthan doing so to the adults. The benefits of teaching young studentsforeign languages include: today, the employers look for employeesfluent. The companies of tomorrow will demand an employee fluent inmany languages because the world will be so connected but so diversein languages and cultures. Teaching children foreign languages at theyoung age prepares them for the jobs of tomorrow. Studies also showstudents who are competent in various foreign languages score betteracademic grades than those who are not, suggesting foreign languagesimproves the academic performance of a student. Also, studentsundertaking foreign language develop a positive attitude towardsschool thus absence rates reduces significantly (Copland &Garton, 2014). Notably, children at the young age are non-biasedagainst other people, cultures and languages. The children will,therefore, learn the foreign languages out of curiosity and develop apositive attitude towards the language. On the other hand, adultsdevelop stereotypes and prejudices against certain cultures andlanguages making teaching them harder than doing so to the children.Apart from the advantages mentioned above, teaching the foreignlanguage to the young children has shortcomings. The children mayforget about their language and put more emphasis on the foreignlanguages and cultures.
Inconclusion, the world of tomorrow will be more culturally andlinguistically diverse. Teaching children foreign languages preparethem for the world of the future. Therefore, though teaching foreignlanguages to young children has disadvantages, the advantagesoutweigh the shortcomings.
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