Learning Language And Foreign Language Learning

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Learning second language or foreign language provides great benefits. It helps the child to get aware of many different cultures and enjoy economic opportunities. Teachers must be aware of how children acquire second language. Unfortunately, Teachers, sometimes have miraculous expectations on children about second language learning. That is because there are some myths and misconceptions about second language learning. It is explained by Barry McLaughlin in his article, “Myths and misconceptions about second language learning: what every teacher needs to unlearn.” He describes how children would be harmed if teachers has unrealistic expectations of the process of second language learning and he says that those intuitive assumption will effect on children other academic skills and knowledge. In his words “As any adult who has tried to learn another language can verify, second language learning can be a frustrating experience. This is no less the case for children, although there is a widespread belief that children are facile second language learners.” Teachers still have to communicate with the children by using their primary language in the school while teaching the second language, if they do not do so, because of non-communication children’s grades may be lowered and may lead to children feel embarrassed. It seems that some teachers and parents in Saudi Arabia strongly believe in those myths and misconceptions that a child is a better learner of foreign language, and
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