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Q: Teaching a 2 year old?

So I just got propositioned by a Chinese teacher friend of mine to go and 'teach' her 2 year old daughter.

I gave her an evasive reply, but I think I'm just going to refuse. Is there really any point doing 2/3 hours of English with a 2 year old? Aren't they still pissing themselves at that age?

I was really taken aback when she asked me...

4 years 19 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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haha ! come on man you do not have to waste time on that, she is trying to figure out her mother language right now if you start teaching english i hope she does not get confused. this could lead to different state of mind. those you can play ABCD with her on toys......  chinese are very much crazy

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I'd say no.

I have a class of three-year-and-a-half year olds, and they're hard enough work, even with an extremely competent Chinese co-teacher in the room. There is some merit to having kids taught from a young age: their accents are less set and their little brains are quite receptive to picking up new speech.

That said, two years old is way too young. Maybe tell your friend that you think she wouldn't benefit from any classes just yet, but that in another year and a bit, then you can talk again and see if the girl is ready.

If you do teach a very young one, don't do 2-3 hour classes. Half hour on (language games), 15 minutes off (playtime) is the way to go.

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Tell her that the 2 year old will benefit 0% from you, me or any other native speaker. If she wants the kid to learn English, tell her that a Chinese speaker is the answer at this stage.

If she persists, hit her with 300rmb per hour.