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Why is it a bad idea to correct grammar in young children?

asked 2015-05-08 00:47:23 -0400

rryan gravatar image

My mother in law infuriates me. I have a 23 month old who speaks in full sentences, sings full songs, and speaks quite well. Yet my Mother in law feels the need to constantly correct her grammar, even "drill" her when I am not around. I know this is counter productive, and I am looking for some research to back up my perspective. Thank You.

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answered 2015-05-12 04:00:00 -0400

A S Sundar gravatar image

I don't think correcting is a bad idea.That is one way children learn to speak right.

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answered 2015-05-14 04:55:45 -0400

Responses are: a) Approach adopted by your mother-in-law is emotional, not logical, to refine the child's language. b) Respect the older generation viewpoints by indirectly guiding child's language. c) Convince your mother-in-law that error or mistake in child is an indication of learning, and the more one makes mistakes, the more one learns. d) Grammar is a constitution of language that can be unconsciously in-built, and there is no need to teach formal grammar to 23 months old child. e) Teach grammar to your child unconsciously to satisfy your MIL and child both.

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Hope, these suggestions might help you theoretically, but the end result is how you execute them in the real classroom environment.

Awaiting your response,

With regards


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