A baby is able to acquire perfect English pronunciation naturally and effortlessly. For instance, since 4 months old, a baby could differentiate between different languages as well as to understand the meaning of words and sentences. Moreover, since 6 months old, the babbling already has mother’s tongue accent. Finally, since 8 months old, the baby could exactly produce sounds of any language.
Adding exposure to other languages provides a baby could learn more than one language naturally and simultaneously as a native speaker.
How children learn english
In Montemar, in order to achieve a native-like pronunciation, we try to stimulate this natural condition of the baby at the right time.
Babies, between 4 months and three years old, remember English structures in their minds without incident and for ever; developing an affective relationship with the language, with adults and the other babies to whom they share language learning.
The learning of English language becomes an important part of affective bonds and life relations with others. Thus, in these meetings of games and happiness, the baby etches in his/her emotional memory a positive experience, that stimulates him/her to carry on learning the second language along with his/her mother tongue.
Learning. The natural method
In Montemar, our learning method provides the involvement of the child and s/he assimilates the pronunciation, language structures and basic vocabulary naturally and effortlessly. In addition to reading aloud, taking part in games and thoroughly understanding the language used by an adult in an spontaneous conversation.
These are the keys of our natural method of learning:
English must be developed in a comprehensive way while other tasks regarding psychomotor, social and intellectual levels are carried out. In such a way, that second language has to do with other subjects instead of being isolated.
We emphasise the importance of creating a routine of activities in order to generate confidence in children. Tasks consist of games, songs and appealing short stories, certainly repetitive, to review the lessons. The duration of activities is short to get used to children’s period of attention at these ages.
Students’ speaking of English is never forced since, as an imposition this could create anxiety and complicate their learning. However, we reinforce their attempts to speak English encouraging them whenever possible.
It is distinguished by an association between language and movement and it is based on the natural focus, introducing children into a significant learning of the language.