But TD, young children at home learn a language by osmosis/exposure: by hearing the words,
thousands of times as a baby and later as a toddler.
1) this is a second language; there have been studies done in families who are as fully bilingual as possible from birth. In those situations, the 'environmental language' on TV, in the store, etc. still induces a preference and a variable strength.
2) the role of 'nurturing' language, mom's, can never be recreated in a classroom with multiple students and distractions.
3) language acquisition of 2 year olds, 5 year olds, 8 year olds varies greatly, even by individual. A teacher in a classroom with even a hand full of students cannot duplicate a parents innate one-on-one responses and attention.
A teacher certified in elementary education in second language learning does have strategies to adapt to his students. But multiple language teaching in Europe (Piaget's home), with decades of experience, still struggle to generate true bilingual young students. A NES FT in a private school is simply marginally effective.
But TD, young children at home learn a language by osmosis/exposure: by hearing the words, thousands of times as a baby and later as a toddler.
The parents are no language specialists.
The kids become fluent in a couple of years.
Why can't the same pattern work in a classroom?
As a young adult, I learned a second language by watching movies (a lot of them) in that language: My first movie, did not understand a word, not one. Second movie, a couple of words, etc. Why can't this work in a classroom?
It's a peculiar belief that many NES FT's hold: being a native language speaker qualifies a person to teach oral English to second language learners, adults and children.
There are no university faculty members in the Education, Language, or Cognitive Sciences department of any Western university that would support that claim. 'Modeling' a language (a Community Language Learning concept) has some value when it is supported by actual teachers presenting appropriate curricula, but in isolation a NES is no more than entertainment.
Yet the delusion of their competency stubbornly persists among dancing FTs in China. This is due in great part to the marketing departments of private language schools. Apparently the FTs of EF, New Oriental, Wall Street, et al 'drink the coolaid' that's been concocted for Chinese parents.