Metalinguistic Awareness: Potential Problems and Solutions
Language acquisition in a bilingual setting in children and metalinguistic awareness in children
If Luca was a monolingual child and were placed in a bilingual situation in which she did not speak either language offered, this could be quite challenging for her, as well as for other people who are involved. If Luca was previously only aware of her own mother tongue or first language, being surrounded by unknown languages can be very unfamiliar and potentially overwhelming situation. It is up to the educators and care-givers to support Luca in this situation, give a feeling of security and guidance and ease potential stress, so Luca is enabled to confidently explore new languages.