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Luca

Language acquisition in a bilingual setting in children and metalinguistic awareness in children 

Human beings are social beings and need language in order to communicate. Language development is triggered in children as they encounter many situations in their early life where they need language in order to reach a certain goal or meet a certain end.  

In our case study Luca we describe how Luca’s brain starts to build a connection between a stimulus (e.g. the sound of a word) and a response (practical reaction).

  • How do I know which is Luca’s first language or second language?  

  • How does Luca feel?  

  • What would be the next steps for the educators? 

  • Which educator is Luca bonding with? How can the educator strengthen the bond? What are the hopes for the parents (language expectation)? 

  • How could the educators support her language development in both languages (English/German)? What could they do? 

  • What language is Luca’s bonded teacher speaking?  

  • If there is a concern here about English being unclear – then how can the educators support this development?