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Subject: linguistics in a multinational school
Question: I'm concerned with language acquisition for grades k-1. Is it better for the students to learn English in small groups or one on one. The research says either, but there are some who have no English and they speak their mother tongue at home. I guess I'm questioning the development phase - when CAN they learn to distinguish the words in contextual context? Please advise.

Reply: I don't think the research suggests that children of this age should learn one on one. As others have said, children under the age of about 10 years learn best if they are in a social setting where they use English to interact with other children. They can also be supported (if possible) by bilingual teachers in the classroom.

As long as there are enough speakers of English around, and the children are happy at school, children aged below 7 years should learn with little or no direct teaching.

Anthea
Reply From: Anthea Fraser Gupta      click here to access email
 
Date: 10-Sep-2013
 
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