Nowadays, many primary schools give English courses from the first grade. It is commonly believed that the earlier children begin to study a foreign language, the better they can master it, so the English class in primary schools is necessary. What's more, studies show that schoolchildren are more likely to cultivate an interest and love in English learning rather than to study it as a boring task.
But others take a negative attitude. They don't think language study in early age could foster the top language master. On the contrary, if children begin to study English too early, their study of Chinese would be interfered, and the result is that both their mother tongue and English would be poor. It is true that many children in the first grade always confuse English letters with the Pinyin.
Consequently, I have to agree that English class in primary school is good for children in language learning, but we should not ignore its weak points. So English class in primary schools is good and the class beginning from the fourth grade would be better.
The students of Class 3 had a discussion about whether it is necessary to start learning English from childhood .
Some of them think that English learning should start from childhood .
As little boys and girls have a very good memory ,they can learn a lot of English words by heart .
This will help them lay a solid foundation for their future English learning .
But others do not agree .
Young children have to learn Chinese pinyin at school .
If they study Chinese pinyin and English at the same time , it will be very easy for them to mix them up .
This will do a lot of harm not only to their Chinese learning but also to their future English learning .
In short , the students have not arrived at any agreement, yet .
cultivate [ˈkʌltɪˌveɪt] v. 耕种，栽培；改善；
language [ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ] n. 语言，语言文字；表达能力
memory [ˈmɛmərɪ] n. 记忆力，记性；回忆；存储器，内存
foundation [faʊnˈdeɪʃən] n. 基础；地基；建立
agreement [əˈɡriːmənt] n. 同意；协议；一致