Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew urges parents to start inculcating bilingualism in their children early
Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has urged parents to start inculcating bilingualism in their children early.
A long time advocate of bilingualism, Mr Lee said psychologists in the US have found that one can teach a 2 or 3 year-old child multiple languages, and it will not confuse him or her.
He advised parents who speak English at home to send their children to a pre-school that is strong in Chinese as early as possible and vice versa.
Mr Lee was speaking at the National Day Dinner held at Tanjong Pagar constituency.
He added that while many think early exposure to more than one language might confuse young children, the key is to start them off early.
Children will sort out the languages by themselves by the time they are 6 or 7 years old.
Mr Lee also announced plans for a new Hampton pre-school in Blk 123 and 126 Kim Tian Road.
The new school, set up by PCF and Etonhouse, will offer high quality and affordable early childhood services to Singaporean families.
He also officially opened the newly renovated Tanjong Pagar Community Club, which features an enrichment centre, F&B outlets and a revamped art gallery.
He also opened the Residents' Corner at The Pinnacle@Duxton.
The new RC, housed on the third floor of The Pinnacle, encompasses a children's library, a classroom and a resident interaction corner.
It also has a space on the 26th floor that can be used to conduct community events.
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