By Zaineh AlThaher,  student of the Master in Speech-Language Pathology and Learning Difficulties


The intricate dynamics of bilingual development hinges on the quality and nature of the linguistic exposure children receive. While existing research highlights the importance of relative exposure, this thesis delves deeper, examining the influence of absolute levels and diverse types of parental input on bilingual development in Arabic-speaking families with children aged 2-7 years.
Through a comprehensive literature review, this study sheds light on the multifaceted impact of parental input. Findings reveal those high-quality interactions featuring responsiveness, scaffolding, and rich vocabulary in both languages nurture stronger bilingual development across L1 and L2.
Intriguing gaps remain in our understanding of bilingual acquisition. Future research should prioritize exploring the influence of qualitative aspects of child-directed speech, age-related variations, and continuity versus disruptions in exposure on Arabic language and other targeted language. Additionally, examining the interplay between L1 input and the child’s language environment holds potential for enriching our knowledge of this complex and dynamic process.
Ultimately, by weaving together a more intricate tapestry of bilingual development, we empower parents, educators, and researchers to guide children towards flourishing multilingualism. The journey through multiple languages is unique for each child, and exploring these nuanced influences ensures every thread in the tapestry reaches its full potential.

Keywords: Bilingualism, Parental input, Arabic Language, Children.

Download the full Research Work: The effect of quality of parental input on the bilingual development of children aged 2-7 years in Arabic and other languages

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