Comment les enfants de bas âge apprennent-ils l'anglais?
How do young children learn English?
" Young children learn language naturally and unconsciously. Young children are natural language acquirers; they are self-motivated to pick up language without conscious learning, unlike adolescents and adults. They have the ability to imitate pronunciation and work out the rules for themselves. Any idea that learning to talk in English is difficult does not occur to them unless it’s suggested by adults, who themselves probably learned English academically at a later age through grammar-based text books.
Children who have the opportunity to pick up a second language while they are still young appear to use the same innate language-learning strategies throughout life when learning other languages. Picking up third, fourth, or even more languages is easier than picking up a second.
Understanding is always greater than speaking and young children’s ability to comprehend should not be underestimated. There is a silent period when the child is acquiring the new language. This is to be expected.
Boys’ brains develop differently from girls’ and this affects how boys pick up language and use it. Sometimes mixed classes make little provision for boys, who may be overshadowed by girls’ natural ability to use language. If young boys are to reach their potential, they need some different language experiences.
Children need to feel that they are making progress." Lots of positive feedback and encouragement is required. Click on the link below to read the full article. Source: British Council.
At L'Ecole Anglaise, our programme of activities in English for children and adolescents is designed to enable children to develop their language skills naturally. The activities are designed to enable the children to understand and acquire the language they are exposed to. Our success rate is high and our students are motivated. All children respond to this method, without exception. It's natural.