Teaching English to preschoolers is growing in schools in big cities. Many parents who are thinking of getting children to speak foreign languages as soon as possible will help them to improve their English skills. But if your child is learning the wrong way and is not fully compatible with this study, many parents will “disillusion”.
So when to start teaching English to preschoolers?
After a period of temporary suspension of teaching English to preschoolers, the Ministry of Education has recently allowed English language schools to return to the condition that the program is subject to evaluation by the management. The question for parents is to let their children begin to learn English from any age, how to get effective.
Many parents have said “no” to English at preschool age by saying that Vietnamese children have not learned, can not write, can read, how to learn English. Teaching English to preschoolers is widely available. According to Nguyen Minh Tuan Master, an English professor at the Central Teachers Training College, this school survey of over 50 preschools in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City showed that when asked about Age appropriate for children begin to familiarize themselves with English, 68.3% of managers and teachers believe that 3-year-olds can achieve the best effect.
Disturbed quality teaching English to preschoolers
Dang Loc Tho Master, Head Teacher of the Central Teachers Training College, said that from the age of three, in suitable conditions, the child can correctly pronounce appropriate English words. with age; Being able to access English as a foreign language … However, the problem here is the quality of teaching English in schools. The school’s survey shows that only about 10% of preschool units are self-taught at school, 90% of which are in the form of affiliated organizations.
Ms. Dinh Bich Thuy, deputy head of the Department of Education, Hanoi Department of Education and Training, commented: “Most foreign language centers with the need to link to the school only have experience for the general education level. really understand the preschool level “. It is known that at present, the professional training of teachers teaching English to preschoolers is only implemented in a few pedagogical schools, while this is a school with specific characteristics, it requires the main Both methods and knowledge.
In addition, according to Thinh Dinh Hang Master, Nha Trang Central Teachers College, recent scientific studies indicate that learning a foreign language at a very young age can negatively affect develop the mother tongue of the child. Most studies suggest that the most important age for developing mother tongue is between 2 and 4 years old. Acceptance of the child’s native language may be delayed if the child is exposed to a second language for a prolonged period of time in kindergarten or kindergarten …
Ms. Hang said that the teaching of English for preschool children should be conducted in the form of play appropriately, and should start only for children 4 years old and above. According to Le Thi Luan Master, Institute of Science Education in Vietnam, to preschool children familiarize themselves with foreign languages to achieve the highest efficiency should be held from preschool ages 5 to 6 years. At this age, children have a certain amount of vocabulary, which is likely to be imitative and memorized.
Christine Chen Master, President of the World Kindergarten Association: Language is receptive, daily interactions
“I think that when a child is learning a foreign language, another world opens in front of the child. He understands how people say, people do in that world and gets their first thought of that world, giving them a broader perspective. However, the mistake of parents when learning English children are expected to say immediately, how much to learn from the new 3 or 4 years old. I want to ask, when learning the mother tongue, someone asked her “today I learn a new word?” Then why ask when you learn English? Language is accepted but not taught, so learning English is fun, interesting. Children need an environment that interacts with language. My wish is that English is used every day as we study with children, making use of English as a everyday communication tool”.