Should children start to learn a foreign language at an early age

TOEFL Essay Topic 76 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Children should begin learning a foreign language as soon as they start school. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

Author: KUNIAKI SAITO | Date: September 20, 2017 | Score: 5

I agree with the statement that children should start to learn a foreign language such as English or Chinese as soon as they go into school. In the following paragraphs, I would like to explain my statement in detail, including some examples, to substantiate the validity of my statement. Firs...

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