English is a universal language that is used across the globe and parents are eager that their children learn English at an early age.
Educators across the globe have used different approaches to teaching English ranging from using conversational communication to using grammar, themes and stories.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these approaches and consider their effects on the learners.
Using Grammar To Teach English
Some educators believe in introducing English with a firm foundation in grammar. However, today’s youth are generally more energetic, demand quick responses, expect quick results and tend to have shorter attention spans. Most youngsters don’t find it interesting to go through repetitive unrelated sentences to grasp grammar rules.
The concern to follow rigorous guidelines and conformity to structures and patterns put restrictions on the learners who are unable to express their emotions and ideas fully and they are unable to experience and explore the language in its full beauty and nuance.
And as we know, the moment the learners lose interest in the subject, they are not going to get the full benefit of learning and their progress will be stifled.
The Human Mind Is Incredible
The capacity of the human mind is incredible. Young children with strong listening skills are natural language learners, and are able to easily pick up languages without having to pay conscious effort in studying the language. With the proper guidance, these children are able to grasp the language while enjoying the lessons.
Knowing this, we will look at another approach to teaching English in the next post. In the mean time, what approach are you using and how effective have they been?