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Importance of English Education at Kindergarten Level 
ByJoseph   posted on01 Mar, 12 6774 Views 0 Comments Main Feature Add to favorite

Years later, when he was married and had children, he sent both his sons to English medium schools where they learned English and Hindi. However, at home, they spoke in Tamil. In high school, Joe’s children gave up Hindi and chose French as the first language in spite of the Government rule that those who do not know Tamil to a certain level would not be eligible for State Government jobs.

These case studies succinctly portray the importance of English at the KG level in India: The affluent have enjoyed the benefits of learning English and prepare their children for their future roles by giving them good English education starting from LKG whatever be the expenditure.

Even the poor are ready to sacrifice whatever they have to educate their children in a standard way all the way from LKG, because they believe that their children can move to the higher echelon only if they are privileged to have good English medium education.

There is an assurance of automatic upward mobility in the event of a village kid getting educated in a relaxed, entertaining and motivating environment besides the unexpected reward of achieving excellence in life.

Incidentally, the topic of discussion boils down to two aspects: 1. The rationale behind teaching a second language to kindergarten children.

2. The reason for choosing English as the second language for KG children.

1. The rationale behind teaching a second language to kindergarten children Though human shares a great deal of animal qualities, the time a human child takes to be self-reliant is comparatively too long. We see wild beast giving birth while the herd is on the move and the calf accompanying the herd within a matter of seconds matching the speed of the herd. It is born ready-made with all the capabilities to survive with the least support from the adult herd members. If the calf fails to pace the herd they are left behind to satiate the ravenous hunger of the ruthless predators.

On the contrary, a human child has a long period of dependence before maturation. It is just a bundle of helplessness at birth demanding utmost care and years of protection and guidance to reach a stage where it can fend for itself.

Even for proper communication, which is essential for the survival of any being, the child takes years of development. The child is born with immense potential; however, the development of the potentiality seems laborious and lengthy. Though there are inestimable innate qualities in the child it looks as if it is born without any clue to the language its forefathers spoke for centuries. May be it takes millions of years of practice for a species to ensure that a quality is transmitted genetically to its progeny.

There is no gainsaying the fact that children have the innate capability to learn language, while animals do not have it. In spite of all the theorizing of experts for and against it, we are not yet sure what exactly is happening in the mind of the child when it is learning to communicate.

What we know for certain is that learning a language is a prolonged complex process for the child. With the single minded effort the child spends months to pick up sounds, recognize them and reproduce them. Intense listening and continuous practice make it possible. The redeeming feature is that the child gets the resourceful attention of the parents, especially the mother trying all possible means to make the child successful in its endeavour to master the language a wee bit by a wee bit. Above all, the joint venture is made extremely entertaining.

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