How do language classes in the English kindergarten look like?
Research on the human brain has shown that it achieves its full development before the age of seven. In the first six years, the child assimilates a lot of diverse information, which is stored in his memory, available anytime when needed. In order to influence the development of the child’s brain, it should be constantly provided with relevant information. At this stage of life the most important is the process of language acquisition, which is extremely complicated. Despite the difficulty, the child can master one or more languages before the age of three.
Learning a foreign language at such a young age develops paths in the cerebral cortex and influences the overall development of the child’s intelligence. Studies also show that learning foreign languages has a beneficial effect on children who are late development or autistic children. The younger the child is, the more foreign language learning process is natural for him / her, and any potential problems encounter with achieving appropriate accent, articulation and grammatical correctness.
English kindergarten – natural learning methods
Classes in English kindergarten are based on the natural way of language acquisition. This means that there is no room for classic lessons or textbooks – language is taught during all daily activities, with a support of English for basic communication. A small child cannot concentrate his attention for too long. That is why all movement activities, plays and learning songs are so important. Teachers, while working with a child, are based on natural ways of acquiring a language, just as it does with their mother tongue.
First, the child hears the words, but does not understand them, the teachers speaks for example only Polish. The child repeatedly hears the same words and phrases. After some time, it turns out in a completely natural way that the child recognizes individual words, sounds and even language structures. Children learns the significance of previously heard sounds and tries to apply them himself. Older children are able to combine this knowledge even with writing and reading.
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