Bilingualism: English phonetics in early childhood education

Bilingualism: English phonetics in early childhood education

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The bilingualism it is one of the main goals of education in many colleges. Teaching children to pronounce the English language correctly is the goal of new methods for teaching Spanish-speaking children to speak English.

From the age of 2 or 3, children can adapt their speech apparatus to pronounce English phonemes as Anglo-Saxon children would. Juan Luis Yagüe del Real, Director of Eurocolegio Casvi, tells us in this interview with what is the phonetic method used to train bilingual children from two years of age.

What are the weaknesses of people who speak Spanish when learning English and why? What measures do you propose to train bilingual children?
The main problem that those of us whose mother tongue Spanish or Castilian have always had has been to communicate naturally in English and overcome the pronunciation barrier. At Eurocolegio Casvi we use, to get the bilingualism, a method of reading and writing, known as Jolly Phonics, to teach phonetics to children, from Early Childhood Education courses, so that they learn the correct pronunciation of the English language from a young age.

At what age are children ready to speak in public?
We have created an independent conversation course, which is carried out in small groups and with native teachers, to introduce children to a conversation immersion in English, while creating an obligation for them to speak in English from natural way. It must be borne in mind that we have implemented the International Baccalaureate in which one of the subjects is English, and one of the tests of this subject is to record the students on video making an exhibition, with which we have to prepare them throughout the stage bilingual school to be able to speak in public in English at 16 years old.

How do you teach children to pronounce English phonemes that are so difficult for adults?
Practicing and adapting English phonemes from a very young age. Jolly Phonics is a phonetic method used in the UK to teach English children to read and pronounce correctly.

What is the Jolly Fonics system and when do children work with it?
Jolly Phonics is a phonetic method that teaches children the 42 English phonemes and helps them identify the spelling with the sound they have to pronounce. The sooner you start working with it the better. At Eurocolegio Casvi we started working with Jolly Phonics to promote bilingualism since the child is two years old, and it develops throughout the infantile stage, so that when they finish Early Childhood Education the children are able to read and pronounce in English.

What can parents expect from the Jolly Fonics system?
That your children learn to pronounce English words perfectly, and to read in English by applying what they have learned with that method to become bilingual students.

How is learning English sounds and phonemes?
In bilingualism it is essential to start when they are very young. Children assimilate sounds by associating spelling, drawing, sound, songs and stories that reinforce the sound of said spelling. Sounds and phonemes are learned to pronounce correctly from the beginning.

What advantages do children get with this pronunciation method compared to other traditional systems?
Bilingualism is acquired in a rewarding and playful way for children. You have to see how children of 3, 4 or 5 years old are able to pronounce in English or Spanish, depending on who they are with. If they are with your teacher They pronounce the word in English and if they are with their teacher, they read and pronounce the word in Spanish.

How is it different in terms of results?
The results are so spectacular that children read earlier in English than in Spanish. At 3 years old, the child reads in English.

What material do children need to work with this system?
The materials they use at school are class sheets and software for the digital whiteboard.

What is the best way to complement the Jolly Fonics method with other teaching methods so that children are fluent in English?
The Jolly Phonics method is complemented by specific conversation classes, in small groups, taught either by bilingual and / or native teachers. From a very young age, children are introduced to an immersion in English, which invites them to develop themselves in that language.

Does this method also apply to other languages ​​like German and French?
To learn French and German, other phonetic methods are used that have the same philosophy, but not Jolly Phonics since it is a specific phonetic method for the English language.

Marisol New.

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