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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Patrick Moran


This paper is an individual case study of language acquisition. It is my intent to report the facts as they happened. The subject is my six-year-old stepdaughter, Gretchen, an energetic little girl who in the space of a year and a half achieved near-native proficiency in Spanish. She never attended one formal language class.

I have discovered through this study that dual cultural awareness through language allows for greater creativity within the individual and provides additional opportunity for personal growth and cognitive development. Certainly this has been true not only for the observed but for me, the observer, as well. Carefully watching and recording how another learned a second language, made me more aware of my own process as language learner, and therefore a more open and receptive student.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | Educational Methods