In the June issue of the Dutch magazine Talent (www.tijdschrift-talent.nl) I was asked to react to the following statement:
“It is good to offer (gifted) children at least three languages.”
In response, I stated that although I am convinced of the ease with which young children can learn a foreign language, I respect the wishes of the individual child at all times and give that the highest priority. Some pupils prefer to learn mathematics or artistic design over an extra language.
Moreover, not every child wants to learn a language at the same level or at the same speed. That is why I especially advocate learning methods that offer the pupil choices to learn what they want to learn, at the speed and level that suits him or her.
That also forms the basis for the development of the Juan y Rosa learning method. Every pupil makes their own choices in terms of how they want to achieve the learning objectives in each chapter.