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As our world continues to globalize, we give more and more importance to foreign language learning and spend more energy on this issue. Those who do not know a foreign language think that it has a lot of benefits for us. Do we know what these benefits are? We can divide the benefits of knowing a foreign language into three different groups…
A person who knows a foreign language can communicate with people from different cultures and societies and benefit from a variety of information resources. In line with these opportunities, they have the opportunity to develop themselves and adapt to changing world standards.
Studies among people who know a foreign language (very well) show us the positive effects of knowing a foreign language in the human brain. These studies show that the ability to express themselves and solve problems in people who know a foreign language is highly developed.
Many parents and educators are concerned that learning a foreign language will have a negative impact on children's language and reading ability. However, research shows us that these concerns are unwarranted. In addition, intelligence and talent tests among the children who speak a foreign language prove that these children have a high level of potential such as creativity, verbal expression and finding practical solutions.
The earliest age for the most effective language training!
Although many people receive foreign language education at different ages and even succeed in this field, the researches show that foreign language education started at an early age yields the most effective results. Biological studies show that the brain develops very rapidly in the early ages and this rapid development continues until the age of seven, and that foreign language education taken during this process is approaching the mother tongue level. For this reason, experts say that foreign language education should start before the development of the brain, that is, before puberty, and adds that “if foreign language education starts after the development of the brain, mistakes begin to form sentences and errors in pronunciation continue for life”.
What are the concerns of educators and families about language education at an early age?
During their research, experts who conducted research on foreign language education talked to many parents and educators and tried to identify the questions with unclear answers for them. As a result of these studies, they focused on two main questions:
1) Does learning a language other than the mother tongue affect the language development of children at an early age?
Experts say absolutely no to this question, and even research says that the answer is the exact opposite. The brain does not distinguish between two different languages during early learning (ie, 2-6 years of age) and continues the development of the two languages in parallel. therefore, learning a foreign language does not prevent him / her from learning the mother tongue;
2) Does the foreign language education given to the child at an early age reduce his / her tendency to learn the language?
Children, as we all know, are the most curious entities in the world. Of course, it is in the hands of educators and parents to make this natural curiosity available for children to be suitable for language education. If you push too hard, your child cools or stops learning a new language.
What can you do?
• Capture your child's interests and use those interests for language education.
• Let your child listen to foreign language conversations (you can leave a foreign TV channel open) or music while dealing with anything. Although this method is passive language training, we can say that it creates the necessary ear fullness for children.
• If you know the language you want your child to learn, try to teach him the child's songs or nursery rhymes in this language.
• If you do not know the language you want your child to learn, you can make this situation injured in both of you and you can learn a new language with your child. You can play a word learning game with your child and look at the dictionary for every word you can think of.
• You can benefit from coloring or story books and cassettes used for foreign language teaching.
• Always try to give positive reinforcements to your child who is in the stage of learning a foreign language, congratulate and reward him / her.
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