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									       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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