Reflecting on Children’s Language Learning and Challenges in Education
Karla Del Carpio

This manuscript is focused on how children acquire their first language (L1); explanation that can be used as the foundation to understand the learning of second languages. The L1 process is explained in light of the Innatist, Behaviorist and Interactionist theories; being the interactional approach the one that motivates rethinking the teaching and learning process as well as the educational system since it is essential to promote harmonious interactions through which children have the opportunity to talk to their classmates, not only to learn about the “other” and gain a better understanding of school topics, but also to learn about themselves. It is emphasized that supporting a harmonious environment in the classroom as well as enriching interactions that embrace diversity in all its dimensions can be the first step to give education and the school a formative and inclusive direction. Also, it is underlined that the school should be a home for all children especially for those who live in poverty which has a negative impact on all aspects of their lives. This is one of the reasons why the school should be a space where children feel safe, loved and cared for. Furthermore, this article offers a few ideas to overcome some of the challenges in education so that it becomes more humane, goes beyond numbers and literacy and children can enjoy education for life.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/imjcr.v6n1a1