By: Zubair Hamid Parray
There is a famous saying, “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” Indeed, the ability to speak several languages is considered one of the characteristics of a cultured person. From this point of view, the teaching of foreign languages should begin as early as possible in order to achieve quasi-indigenous fluency. The motivations for this approach are intellectual, social and professional.
Intellectually, learning a foreign language at a young age allows children to develop their brains. At this age, children’s minds are like a sponge and their abilities are limitless. They have fewer inhibitions or prejudices against learning different subjects. They can learn one, two or three languages without confusion; it would only serve to broaden their minds. Therefore, it is ideal to start teaching a foreign language in kindergarten.
Socially, learning a foreign language allows the young child to enter a wider cultural world. By learning to speak, think and understand a different language, the child develops a greater intercultural awareness. This critical ability allows the child to make friends, identify and empathize with others who speak the additional language.
Professionally, by learning a foreign language in kindergarten, the child broadens his future professional horizons. In today’s increasingly globalized world, bilingual and multilingual people are in high demand. The child who achieves this fluency naturally and easily at a young age already has an advantage over others in the labor market.
In summary, many benefits come from teaching a foreign language in kindergarten. The child will most likely grow to thank those who made such a learning experience possible.
The author is studying a BA in English Literature and Linguistics at Government Degree College Sumbal Sonawari. [email protected]