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TOEFL: I believe children should not learn a foreign language as they start school


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Aug 22, 2010, 10:58pm   #1
Topic: do you agree or disagree: children should begin learing a foreign language as soon as they start school.


Almost every parent wants his or her children can be capable of many skills, including music, painting, and especially a foreign language. A foreign language indeed can increase children's ability to communicate with foreigners. Not only can children have a lucrative job, but also can enable themselves to go abroad to go to a better school, if children begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school. However, in my opinion, I don't think children should begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school. I will explain my view from three aspects: lack of basic curriculums, no time for playing with friends, immaturity for understanding complex grammars and vocabularies.
Initially, studying a foreign language indeed cost a great amount of time. Children who just begin their school can not concentrate in a long time. So their study time is less than that of teenagers. If parents want their children study a foreign language, it will cost most or all of the study time and then children will not have enough time to study the basic curriculums. The basic curriculums are fundamental for children's life, while a foreign language can not compare with the basic curriculums. Think of a child who uses most of his or her time to study French, but can not calculate basic numbers and tell fundamental knowledge such as where is the capital of his or her country. That is very useless. And I have met so many children who are the cases of above. Parents can let their children study a foreign language in an older age such as fifteen years old. I suppose that is better.
Second, children need time for playing with friends. Maybe playing is the best teacher of children. Playing teaches all sorts of experience that can not teach by teachers or parents. Who children are playing with are their friends. The friendship is children's asset of whole life. Playing and making friends all need time. However, many parents deprive the children's time for playing and making friends and let them to acquaint with a foreign language. All the children love playing with their friends instead of studying a dull foreign language. From my point of view, I think playing with friends is more important than studying a foreign language when children are just starting their school life. When a child is desperate, what help him or she is his or her friend but not a foreign language. A foreign language may let children get applauds and fame, but can not give children happiness.
Finally, language is too complex for children to understand. All the people know that if one wants to learn a foreign language, one must understand its grammars and vocabularies. These things can not easily understand by a child who does not have enough experience. Children are simply reciting the rules of grammars and vocabularies. The mountain like amount of rules and vocabularies are difficult for every people, especially children. As children are reciting the rules of grammars and vocabularies, they are forgetting them gradually to none. As a result, there is no good result for both children themselves and parents. Not everyone is a genius, and so almost of the children can not hold as many languages as their parents' hopes.
So, from my view children should not begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school.

Aug 24, 2010, 07:36am   #2
Almost every parent wants his or her children can be capable of many skills, including music, painting, and especially a foreign language.
I don't think you can state this as fact, as learning a foreign language is usually FORCED on people!

A foreign language indeed can increase a child's ability to communicate with foreigners.

Not only can children have a lucrative job when they grow up, but also can enable themselves to go abroad to...

Initially, studying a foreign language indeed takes a great amount of time.

Children who have just begun [/font]their school can not concentrate [font#FF0000]for long periods of time.

If parents want their children to study a foreign language, ...

The basic curriculums are fundamental for the child's life, while a foreign language can not compare with the basic studies.

And I have met so many children who are examples of the cases of above.

Parents should let their children study a foreign language at an older age such as fifteen years old. I suppose that is better.

Playing teaches all sorts of lessons that can not be taught by teachers or parents. Good point!


Who children are playing with are their friends. Fix this sentence...is there a part missing?

However, many parents deprive their children time for playing and making friends, and force them to learn a foreign language.

Children would rather be playing with their friends instead of studying a dull foreign language.

You seem to be saying too much about playing being more important than studying. Your essay will be much better if you make your point and then move on. Using too many words can make your essay boring.



Finally, language is too complex for children to understand. Actually, when children are taught a foreign language while they are very young, for example, when parents speak two languages, they learn very quickly!


All the people know that i If one wants to learn a foreign...

The mountain-like amount of rules and vocabularies are difficult for everyone, especially children.



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