At the moment I am teaching a 7 year old girl English. We are following a Junior A course where she is learning to say and write the alphabet. She will obviously progress to writing words and short sentances. I am also teaching her sister who is two years younger than she is and we are following the Pre-Junior A book which is a lot more relaxed and involves playing, colouring and singing. Ideally the younger child should complete this year and progress to the Junior A book next year. My question is can a child start to learn to read and write in English before they have learned to do so in their own language. Should she progress to the Junior A book next year or should she take a year out to give her a chance to grasp the basics of her own language?