To learn another language is to open up to new possibilities, opportunities, information, cultural understanding, flexibility and global citizenship. English is chosen as the second language for its global use and therefore the ability to express and exchange ideas with anyone in almost any country. The ability to have access to the world is a way to develop Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Culture, and Citizenship.
The acquisition of a second language happens naturally at a young age and has the benefit of opening cultural awareness. The earlier the better, before the age of six, in a contextual environment with at least 3 hours a day, the child will assimilate with ease avoiding later impediments to language learning.
Phases of Language Learning:
The child does not talk, but knows and understands around 500 words.
2. Starting to Produce (speak)
A person develops a receptive and active vocabulary of approximately 1000 words. During this stage, the child will speak some phrases and words and use memorized expressions.
3. Emergent Speaker
A person develops a vocabulary of approximately 3000 words and can communicate with phrases and simple statements.
4. Intermediate Fluency
A person has an active vocabulary of approximately 6000 words and starts to use more complex statements when speaking or writing. They want to express their opinions and thoughts.
5. Advanced Fluency
The process is continual and takes years. The person is communicating very well and has a command of the language speaking, writing and reading. The more contact and use of the language leads to a higher acquisition of vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.