Should foreign languages be taught in kindergarten?
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Frequently, the classes of foreign languages become repetitive in content and children become bored. From a survey of former Kindergarteners from 3 elementary schools, 87% of them have stated that the foreign language class was their least favorite class. This boring environment wouldn’t allow for the very best environment for learning.
With the current economy and education cuts, schools should use funds to pay for teachers of math, ELA, and the Sciences. Once those budgets are made, the funds should go towards Physical Education and the Arts, in that order. Children should learn the language of the country they presently reside in. I would like to use the analogy of a mother and her children. A mother would teach her child how to properly communicate with her first; not some other language.
Children who are ELL or ESL students cannot make the connection between the two languages because they don't even know one of them. It would prevent them from learning English. Foreign languages taught in Kindergarten do not stick to the children for more than a year. Using my own personal experiences, I do not remember any foreign language words learned from grades K-5. Every week, Kindergarteners learn the same phrases,,yet they do not remember. That shows that they cannot retain as much information as my opponent states. Currently, elementary schools teach a different language every year. This does not help the children. They become increasing confused with each coming year of elementary schools. Furthermore, this resolution states "should foreign languages be taught in kindergarten. My opponent has stated "studying a language over several years." This statement is not valid because the resolution deals with Kindergarteners.
Asian languages, Middle Eastern languages, and many other languages have a different alphabet or writing style. European languages mainly have words with genders, and conjugations of verbs are completely different from what children are used to. It would confuse the young children, not allowing them to fully delve into the American Language. My opponent has stated that the young
can make connections, but when a child does not even understand the language that is being connected from, there can be no connections.
Proceeding to my opponents next argument. It is proven that students who can speak another language do better on standardize testing. Comprehension levels of these students are higher. Schools should focus on teaching other languages because this skill increase the chances for that person to get hired for a job. The future of America if it wants to continue to prosper will need the help of foreign nations, but if the preceding generations do not stress or learn other languages, our country will not be able to communicate with them. To show we respect other nations we need to be able to at least speak their languages. By knowing another language, other ways of speaking and even other languages become easier to understand.
I do agree that for kindergarteners it would be hard to learn a new alphabet and genders of words when they do not quite understand their own. In kindergarten kids should be exposed to the new language. My previous argument was not saying kindergarteners had to learn the whole language that year. Kindergarten should start with the foundations of a new language and then proceed to its following years. From my own experience when teachers make learning how to say the same thing in a different way fun the student do remember it. My own sister had learned spanish for one year in kindergarten and has not been learning it since. Yet she can say foods, colors, and numbers that she learned. (No one in my family speaks spanish,we speak french).
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