Why should English classes for young children focus on hearing and speaking?

2018.01.12

If you want your child to gain English skills efficiently, it is important for them to be in an environment where they can listen to and speak English with native English speakers. In our global society, more and more parents are having their children attend English language classes from a young age. In this article, we will explain why focusing on listening and speaking English is important for your child’s language studies.

幼児の英語学習は「聞く」「話す」に特化するべき理由とは?

Why English classes for young children should focus on listening and speaking?

During the toddler stage, parents and teachers want to start by improving children’s listening and speaking skills. Reading and writing can be incorporated into the learning process when children get older. If parents and teachers force children to work on reading and writing when they are too young it may cause them to dislike English and effect their future language learning.

For parents who never really learned English themselves, listening and understanding to daily conversational English at a native speed is often difficult. However, young children have great ears and absorb new sounds very quickly. If children are placed in an environment where they hear native English speakers from a young age they will be more likely to understand difficult English words. As they develop their listening skills, they will also be able to speak with an appropriate accent.

What type of English language learning for young children focuses on “listening” and “speaking”?

At a young age, it is important to focus on English learning that improves “listening” and “speaking” skills. For children between the ages of 0 and 1, it is recommended to incorporate English CDs, DVDs and toys. Please create an environment at home where your child can pick up English with a Native speaking accent naturally. Reading English books to them is also a good idea.

For 2-4 year olds, it is important to find a way to improve “listening” and “speaking” skills while having fun. Singing and dancing to English songs is a great way to introduce English learning in a fun way.

For 4-6 year olds, children should be given the opportunity to use English in daily conversation. It is a good time for parents to take their children to English conversation schools and allow them to listen and speak English as much as possible. If children are not given the opportunity to use English, they will feel that English is special and not important. Let’s try to let our children experience English as much as possible.

English, like all languages, is a communication tool. Many parents feel that children should learn how to read and write from a young age. However, this often leads children to dislike English. If you want your child to study English in an efficient manner, it is important that the learning focuses on improving their communication skills.

幼児の英語学習は「聞く」「話す」に特化するべき理由とは?
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