All parents, at one point or another, have wondered what age their children should start learning a new language. The answer is simple, and may shock you.
Most parents assume their children should start learning a second language as soon as possible. I taught children as young as thirteen months old while I was in China. While getting your infant child language lessons definitely can’t hurt them, it isn’t the optimal time to learn a second language.
Recent studies have found that children younger than ten years old will learn a second language at similar rates. It doesn’t matter if the child is three, six, or eight. Children will learn at about the same rate.
«But what about their accent? If my child doesn’t start learning English at a very early age, they will always have a foreign sounding accent!» Again, this is a misconception. Studies have shown that most students under the age of ten will learn to speak with a perfect or near-perfect accent.
Now, does that mean you should wait until your child is nine before enrolling them in English classes? No. The earlier your child starts learning, the better of they will be at school and in their personal endeavors using English.
So there you have it. You don’t have to get your two month old baby English classes. But the longer you wait, the longer it will be before they speak fluently.