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4 Ways to Teach a Child English as a Second Language

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4 Ways to Teach a Child English as a Second Language
Young children learning in a classroom. Photo Credit Jon Feingersh/Blend Images/Getty Images

Studies have shown that children who are exposed to English or another language before the age of 10 have a better chance of learning to speak without an accent. The developing brain of a child undergoes physiological changes at the onset of adolescence that make it more difficult to distinguish and reproduce many of the sounds of a foreign language.

Consequently, if you expose your child to hearing native-spoken English from an early age, it will be that much easier to teach him to speak like a native. It's also important to start teaching English as a second language early, because young children have an easier time learning languages than adolescents or adults. This is because young children are still using their intrinsic language-learning skills to acquire their first language. They quickly realize they can use these same skills when learning English.

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