Attitudes About Foreign Language Instruction With Primary Grade Students Takako Shin July 2004 The focus of this study was to determine if starting to learn a foreign language as early as in the primary grades was more beneficial to the student than waiting until middle or upper school. The results of this study suggested the introduction of learning a second language as early as kindergarten is beneficial. Japan, having recently begun teaching English as a second language as early as first grade, was compared to the United States which, in most curriculums, introduces foreign language study in the middle to upper school years. Various articles convey the values of learning a second language as early as possible. A questionnaire given to four Maryland educators in the field of foreign language study was also included. The individuals agreed that foreign language study should begin as early as possible in a child’s education to attain the most productive results.
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