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Myths Concerning Young English Language Learners

By Tlb
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Well, let me tell you these two basic myths that have scientific facts that we need to know all about.


Learning two languages during the early childhood years will overwhelm, confuse, and/or delay a child’s acquisition of English.

Most parents think that if their kids would learn English and another foreign language, it would confuse them. Well, according to a Linda Espinosa with her book, conventional wisdom concludes that youngsters are confusing the two languages, “because language learning is such a monumental and challenging task during the first years of life, it is also logical to believe that expecting young children to learn not one, but two languages as they are just beginning to speak may delay overall language fluency.”


But, actually the source insisted that the truth us the opposite. Most young children throughout the world successfully learn more than one language from their earliest years. According to the recent researches, neuroscientists and psycholinguists concluded that he impact of learning two languages during the infant-toddler years has highlighted the human brain’s extensive capacity to learn multiple languages, as well as the infant’s ability to separate out each language and to interpret contextual cues to know which language is appropriate in a given context.


Total English immersion from Pre-kindergarten through Third Grade is the best way for a young English Language Learner to acquire English.

Logically, children who spend more time to listen and speak English gain a faster pace learning it. For adults and older children who have a well-established first language, this may be the case.


For children, it’s also true that they need may be the case. It also is true that children need sufficient. That’s why researches can approve that early English immersion programs for young learners concerning the effects of early English immersion programs for ELL students contradicts the mentioned belief. According to the source, “the evidence suggests that children in these preschool programs tend to lose their ability to communicate in their first language, start to prefer the English language, frequently develop communication problems with their extended families, and experience depressed academic achievement in English.12”.


So don’t confuse yourself with letting your kids learn English in a language school. Make room for inquiries in letting them learn English effectively.

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