Intuition is really the key to children as they learn a new language.
Besides grammar, phonetics, culture, vocabulary, and so on- a language is also held together by emotion and intuition.
In order for kids to learn a language successfully, they must feel interested and happy about it. In doing so the language becomes intuitive and they understand it for what it is, just like we all learn our first language:
Characteristics of first language acquisition
🗣It happens quickly, in comparison with the time in which we learn a second language successfully later on in life.
🗣It is an instinct like another one of our senses, though of course linguistic input from the surroundings is needed for the child to acquire a specific language
🗣It does ask for instruction, it has been proved that these are unnecessary
🗣It is thorough, high quality and we never forget it (with some medical conditions as exceptions of course)
When it comes to long-term attainment in second language learning, children have the advantage over adults: the younger a child is when the second language acquisition process begins, the more likely that learner is to reach a successful outcome in the new language(Krashen, Scarcella & Long, 1982; Singleton & Ryan, 2004)
Adults receive more explicit instruction than children when learning a second language, kids learn better and quicker with the natural approach and through play. Here at Flowy we use Yoga as a natural way to incorporate implicitly the knowledge of a second language and it works a treat.
Here in our sessions we celebrate intuition. Games, Yoga, Mindfulness and Intuition all come together to allow the second language acquisition to happen in a fun and safe environment for the kids in our lives.
“It is through intuition that we discover.”Henri Poincare
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