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The advantages of beginning early

 - oung children are still using their individual, innate language-learning strategies to acquire their home language and soon find they can also use these strategies to pick up English.

- Young children have time to learn through play-like activities.

- Young children have more time to fit English into the daily programme. They may have little or no homework and are less stressed by having to achieve set standards.

- Children who have the opportunity to pick up a second language while they are still young appear to use the same innate language-learning strategies throughout life when learning other languages.

- Young children who acquire language rather than consciously learn it, as older children and adults have to, are more likely to have better pronunciation and feel for the language and culture. Monolingual children feel they have to consciously study English through grammar-based programmes.