Why having a native speaker introduce English to a child is beneficial

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Why having a native speaker introduce English to a child is beneficial

When children are able to imitate what they hear and are hardwired to learn based on experience- the best way for them to learn any language would be with a native speaker as opposed to a non-native speaker. It helps them to understand and adapt to the language easier.

Children are hardwired to learn languages and communication techniques. It is a natural process they go through, they pick up what they hear and see from you (their parents), other people communicating, and of course what they watch/ hear through media. Children, as you may have already noticed, like to imitate what they see and hear- furthermore, they are skilled at it.

This is why it is beneficial to have native speakers as your child’s introduction to English. As your child repeats the tone and sound variation, it becomes engrained into them. If you hope that your child will speak with less of an accent, then who better to learn from a native English speaker.

Learning from a native English speaker helps ensure that your child learns the proper accents, sounds, and uses of words and phrases.  This will also help your child to understand words and phrases used by native English speakers (some time so-called “proper” English really doesn’t translate well into real use of the English language).

In the first few years of life children listen, practice, and learn. As tootlers begin chattering they are actually modeling of the rhythm, tone, and volume. Children don’t, however, learn language passively. Language acquisition because of active, repetitive, and complex learning. Adult’s help children learn language by talking with them. It happens when a parent listens to the rambling story of a toddler and when they speak back. It happens when a teacher patiently repeats instructions to an inattentive student. It happens when your child sings along to their favorite song or watches their favorite show.

This is why our program is perfect for children. Video vocabulary lessons, we use audio and video recordings of short stories that are a ton of fun for your child to learn, they can hear and imitate the proper use and sounds of the words and stories. Short stories with exercises in text format also helps to expand your child’s understanding. Your child also can have access to native English speaking teachers via chat through one on one tutoring sessions. Together, your child can learn to speak English fluidly and naturally in a way that translates well to native English speakers.

Remember, when children are able to imitate what they hear and are hardwired to learn based on experience- the best way for them to learn any language would be with a native speaker as opposed to a non-native speaker. It helps them to understand and adapt to the language easier. With older kids in their teenage years and adults it is not as important that they go with a native speaker, however, for children it makes a huge difference for their success.

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Samantha Weiland has a BA and MA in English Education and is a licensed teacher in California. She has been teaching for 15 years 5 years specializing in online English education. She is found to be an empathetic teacher, always working to understand where her students are having problems and developing solutions to help them get over their hurdles. Her ability to understand what the student’s issues are, allow her to develop creative curriculum to suit each individual’s English language needs.

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