Education 28

TOPIC

Are you for or against English education in elementary schools?

(上記TOPIC、英語で意見を論理的に述べる技術とトレーニング第7章より引用)

Essay

 I am for English education in elementary schools for the following two reasons.
 The first reason is that an earlier start can greatly facilitate phonetic learning. Children can learn a foreign language faster than adults, taking advantage of the critical period when the brain is primed for language. This is a real benefit especially phonetically because English pronunciation is completely different from Japanese pronunciation and it takes time for learners to get used to the phonetics of a foreign language. Therefore the earlier they can start learning English, the better.
 The second reason is that children may like to study other subjects through English education. Children will often like to study once they have a subject they enjoy. Many psychology textbooks say children will be more eager to learn and enhance their ability in all subjects once they have a subject they excel at. Therefore it is vital to give them opportunities to study a variety of subjects.
 As I mentioned, for the aforesaid two reasons, I am for English education in elementary schools.

メモ

小学校の英語教育に賛成か反対かです。
反対意見としては、母語の確立の妨げになるというのが考えられますが、そもそも無理やり母語と外国語の区別をする必要があるかも微妙ですし、母語が複数でも構わないと思いますので、その辺の事を用いて反論すればいいと思います。
また国民性が確立できなくなるという反対意見もあると思いますが、別にその国の言葉を学んだからと言って、その国民性になってしまうわけではない、アメリカ英語を学んだら、国民性までアメリカ人みたいになるのかといったらそうではない、などと言えばいいと思います。