Having responses from 89 students we can conclude thatthe majority of the participants voted in favor of simultaneous bilingualismrather than sequential bilingualism.
Respondents were in support of the factthat bilingualism should start at the early age and the benefit of the processis that the individual who starts learning two languages at the initial agebecomes proficient in both languages otherwise it will difficult for him tobecome proficient in L2 in later stages of his life. About 78% of therespondents answered that L2 learning process requires more effort if it isstarted after critical period. The responses of the students reflect that theyconsider English language as a good medium for getting education. Respondentswere in the favor that a student should learn more than one language in earlyeducation especially English because it is an international language and itgives more career opportunities to a person. The respondents also gave somestatements in support of simultaneous bilingualism, one said that multilingualalways dominate monolinguals.Moreover, when question about proficiency of themother language was posed about 63% of the respondents answered that a kidshould learn L1 and L2 simultaneously, proficiency in mother language hasnothing to do with acquisition of L2.
The respondents were in the favor that akid can learn two languages at a time and also become expert in both languagessimultaneously. About 88 percent respondents said that an individual can becomewell-versed in both languages at a time. Moreover, people also think thatlearning L2 can’t cause impediment in both language qualities and about 70%respondents supported this. Infact, majority of the people were in the favorthat there should be simultaneous bilingualism and English should be the mediumof education instead of mother language. Another fact behind the research wasthat more than 75% of the respondents were from public school background, whogot quality education and supported English medium policy. We also asked the respondents for their remarksregarding the topic and many of them gave good remarks but two of them arequoted below.
PERSON 1: If a child is made to learn multiple languages from the very start, itincreases his capacity to survive in different cultures. Bilinguals do notnecessarily have more intellectual ability than monolinguals but the ability toconverse that is a tool for his social life.When the question about the time period of learningthe secondary language was asked about 54% respondents were in the favor thatbilingualism should start from pre-school age showing that majority of peoplebelieves that the acquisition of L2 should start before the ending of thecritical period. 35% answered that bilingualism should start at primary schoollevel showing that first a kid should become proficient in mother language thanhe should acquire secondary language.
Only 11% were in the support thatbilingualism should start at secondary level.