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>They have not been in the education arena long enough to be fatigued by it... Fifth- and sixth-graders want to act older and may have an attitude problem...

Certainly it might be true all the way, but even those kids have got no shot (or relatively little) to make it, how is it possible for those guys 20, 30 years older than six-graders with loads of serious attitude problems to become very successful Eng.-learning achievers?

Or you might've brought this up trying to verify what I've been saying to those guys for all these years. Learn English like 8-year-old kids! (Have I really? ;-)) But seriously, that might really be one essential precondition we all have to meet when it comes to learning English.

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Hi, J. Good to see you here!

>how is it possible for those guys 20, 30 years older than six-graders with loads of serious attitude problems to become very successful Eng.-learning achievers?

I suppose that attitudes towards learning could be evaluated by a goal thereof. If an adult learner who is (and should be) responsible for their own learning enjoys whatever English-learning, the goal of his learning lies in intrinsic pleasure, not necessarily in improvement or achievement. I'll never be that kind of a language learner myself though. I'll be more like an achievement-driven learner ;-)

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3rd graders are the ideal target group?

This is my posting on the discussion board of "Second Language Acquisition" course of TESOL program. It's fresh from the press, so to speak ;-) Hope you enjoy reading it.

I recently found an article posted on Daily Yomiuri Online http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/language/T101224002393.htm regarding the optimum age to start English Learning by Helene.J. Uchida, the director of Little America, a Fukuoka-based company for training teachers of English. The author states that 3rd graders are the ideal target group in terms of public or private school English education.

Quote: "Yet I would venture to say that the ideal target group for public or private school English education is third-graders, who are usually 8 years old. Children this age have already been conditioned to school life and procedures. Because of this they have developed learning skills and understand the dynamics of the classroom. They have not been in the education arena long enough to be fatigued by it, which means their minds tend to be open and they are easily motivated. Fifth- and sixth-graders want to act older and may have an attitude problem when starting to learn English basics like the alphabet or counting. They may think it is childish, whereas third-graders tend to be more flexible."

I personally believe that as for school English education, the focus should be placed on the frequency of learning, i.e. the number of classes a week rather than the age of onset. Even if the optimum age of onset were identified and reflected in the school system,  efficacy and effectiveness of the education would be quite limited with only one 45-minute class a week. To facilitate English learning in those circumstances, proactive parental involvement is necessary to increase the exposure to the language.
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J

>They have not been in the education arena long enough to be fatigued by it... Fifth- and sixth-graders want to act older and may have an attitude problem...

Certainly it might be true all the way, but even those kids have got no shot (or relatively little) to make it, how is it possible for those guys 20, 30 years older than six-graders with loads of serious attitude problems to become very successful Eng.-learning achievers?

Or you might've brought this up trying to verify what I've been saying to those guys for all these years. Learn English like 8-year-old kids! (Have I really? ;-)) But seriously, that might really be one essential precondition we all have to meet when it comes to learning English.

02

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18:27

Aya

Hi, J. Good to see you here!

>how is it possible for those guys 20, 30 years older than six-graders with loads of serious attitude problems to become very successful Eng.-learning achievers?

I suppose that attitudes towards learning could be evaluated by a goal thereof. If an adult learner who is (and should be) responsible for their own learning enjoys whatever English-learning, the goal of his learning lies in intrinsic pleasure, not necessarily in improvement or achievement. I'll never be that kind of a language learner myself though. I'll be more like an achievement-driven learner ;-)

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