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Lots of studies lots of ugly comments, ... I apologize for their drama!|
Can't believe the negative comments. Normally, I choose to remain silent.
I have been a teacher for 40 years, and yes, Tv is a way of avoiding personal interaction with your child. The Chinese culture doesn't need to increase their "TV screen time" and that specifically applies to China's young. I have taught a 2.5 year old boy 100 words and the entire alphabet in 20 hours/one month. I used software with the TV as my blackboard to promote the visual effects of colors, pictures, sounds, and if I could have involved the senses of taste and smell I would have easily been successful in less time. Studies have substantiated that children from 2 to 6 learn language much more easily than children older than 6 years. In fact, younger children don't see English as another language, especially if English is spoken by the parents in the home along with Chinese. Those little ones learn by copying their parents and grandparents. Some parents are afraid their children will NOT learn Chinese well, if English is pushed upon them when they are so young. This is simply a fear that is not substantiated. They will learn the sounds much better than if their parents wait for the Chinese English teachers to teach them Chinglish sounds. I have found the problem is tragically reading and writing skills WITHOUT speaking skills. A huge failing of the English Education system in China is that a vast majority of students study English for 15 years without speaking! What a terrible waste of resources and study time! I use software to build "muscle memory" via copying native speaker sounds... my subjects MUST speak and listen at native speaking speeds. Their ears are too slow. By the time a student translates "listening English" to Chinese.. and then back to "spoken English" ... the topic has changed. Nothing is spoken by the aspiring student ... and the students NEVER speaks English to a classmate .... cultural? ... probably. When 2-6 year old children learn together in my experience, using software, the best teacher is very easily their classmates. Children "Play" at speaking English with each other to be "cool" and smaller bothers and sisters are great copiers. I only wish I could teach children as well as those small children. If you "plug-your-child-into-a-TV" you are missing a wonderful chance to learn English yourself with the most important person in your life. Remember, someday those little people are going to grow up and have YOUR grandchildren ... GRANDCHILDREN WHO SPEAK ENGLISH! As a grandparent, you are going to be in the dark about what is being said. It will then be too late.