Unless you’re born to native English speakers, or someone you’re related to is an English teacher, the fact is that it will cost money to learn to speak English fluently. Whether you choose a English Course for Children, conversation lessons, a private tutor, or some combination, you’ll be paying someone to teach your kids. So determining when, and whether, to have a child learn English can be a difficult decision for parents to make.
There are some very good arguments to be made in favor of teaching your kids English at an early age, though. Here are some points to consider when picking an English Course for Children:
Recent research has shown that the ability of the human brain to learn and synthesize new languages declines gradually over the course of our lives. So while there’s probably not a big difference between starting a child in English classes at age five or age seven, there’s a much larger change in their learning abilities by the time they reach high school. Competing classes that are more challenging, such as math and science, also siphon off the amount of attention a high school student can focus on English learning.
Studies also show that people who learn English as children speak it more fluently and accurately than people who learn as adults. This includes a more inherent and automatic ability to adhere to grammar and style rules and language norms. In other words, if you want you kids to speak more like a natives, an early English Course for Children is a great investment.
Travel is a fantastic learning experience, which is why there are so many study-abroad and exchange programs out there. You don’t necessarily need to be rich to send your child to one of these, either; plenty of funded, work study, and scholarship options exist. If your child is already fluent or near-fluent in English, the whole English-speaking world is open to them: the US and Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand. They may choose to do a semester or a year abroad, or move to one of these countries to complete their entire degree. Either way, you’ll have equipped them properly for it.
It almost doesn’t matter where you live these days: English can be a great asset at many jobs, because many companies do business internationally these days. By investing in early English Course for Children, you are providing them with a huge asset that can go on their very first resume and will help them stand out from other job applicants in many fields.
Even if their first few jobs are not ones where English is required, remember that people are moving from job to job more frequently now than they ever have, and the global economy is making the world a smaller place every day. English is the common language for so many people in the world now. Why not let them get a head start?
We’re always going on and on around here about the importance of conversation as a means of learning and improving your English skills. The best person to converse with when you’re learning is a native English speaker, of course, because they set a high bar for correct grammar and usage.
The next best alternative is someone who has a very high degree of non-native fluency — for instance, someone who started learning English as a young child and has mastered much of its nuance. If you’re not able to afford simultaneous English lessons for both you and your child, consider prioritizing them while their ability to learn and absorb is at its greatest, then once they’ve achieved fluency, start your own learning process and enlist their assistance as a conversation partner.
So there you go: four solid reasons to invest in English Course for Children as early as is practical and possible. When you do, consider starting them in English conversation classes soon after a beginner classroom experience where they’ve learned the basics. Once the foundation is present, through teacher-led instruction, let the child take the reins and decide what he or she wants to talk about. Giving them a measure of control over their education in this way will ensure their continued enthusiasm for the process and encourage them to work harder at progressing towards total fluency.
If you’re unsure of where to begin, why not get to know some of our native English speaking teachers and try out a Skype English lesson with your child? They’ll certainly thank you for it in the future, when they’re traveling the world and beating people to the next promotion.