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Tsaokuohua Post time: 2015-6-29 16:06
Thanks for your post.

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Tsaokuohua Post time: 2015-6-29 16:14
Still there are some people have not enough food for eat..

What do you mean by food?

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dusty1 Post time: 2015-6-29 17:09
What do you mean by food?

Their basic living conditions all have not, how to learn the foreign languages?

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Tsaokuohua Post time: 2015-6-29 18:04
Their basic living conditions all have not, how to learn the foreign languages?

I don't speak Chinese

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This post was edited by Tsaokuohua at 2015-6-30 13:10

Are you speak English, are you an America ?

The multicultural culture has made the United States her high human civilization.

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Tsaokuohua Post time: 2015-6-29 18:04
Their basic living conditions all have not, how to learn the foreign languages?


You bring up a very valid point. Public school foreign language instruction must be considered within the context of public policy. This will also affect how one understands the initial question of this thread.

Someone who understands the question from the standpoint of a fluently bilingual parent, a wealthy parent who can afford to send his child to a bilingual school, or the head teacher of such a school will obviously recommend the earlier the better, and rightfully so, at least for the child in question. If all of the teachers are fluently bilingual and qualified, exploiting the available resources to the fullest makes sense. In the abundance of such highly qualified teachers, maximum learning opportunity ought to be a more important consideration than mere efficiency.

A monolingual parent, the head teacher of a monolingual school on a budget that teaches a second language as merely a course subject due to the limited availability of qualified teachers, and a national curriculum developer working for the ministry of education will tend to understand the question within the context of public policy, in which case economic efficiency is very important. They are likely to follow the available research and advise not before the child's metalinguistic abilities in the mother tongue are sufficiently developed to allow them to learn the second language more efficiently, and rightfully so when public funding is involved.

Given that this is a foreign-language website located in China, it's not surprising that for most on this site, the earlier the better would make more sense. It really depends on whether the thread started was asking the question as an ideal for privately funded bilingual schools or as a matter of public education policy.

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