There are times in our history when tragic situations occur that make us examine human development. In this case, a young girl, Genie Wiley, lacked the ability to use verbal language. Even with the presence of intense intervention, she never developed age-appropriate language abilities. Chapter 9 addresses language development from infancy through adolescence. For this assignment, I would like you to watch a documentary on the story of Genie and consider language development and theories that address this topic. Students after ask what happened to Genie and to my knowledge, she is alive and living in an assisted living facility.
Answer the following questions:
Watch these videos to understand the case study of Genie Wiley (copy and paste into browser):
This documentary about Genie Wiley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD-pZ7LwL4A&list=PLYb0D_BCaY-2cXdA3zRlWtQNg1F1oI8JM&index=209
Noam Chomskys Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-30ZCHk1Ydk
Genie Wileys brother: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtgnjRY_Z7w
Chapter 9 discusses different theories and influences on language development. Based on both videos, evaluate the biological and environmental influences on development. Use course material, research evidence, and video reference to support your claims.
What does the case of Genie tell us about the possibility of a sensitive period/critical period for language development? What are the implications of the critical period for language learning? Explain your answer with research evidence.
A significant amount of controversy around Genies story exists regarding the goals for language development research and the treatment and care of Genie. What is your perspective of the costs and benefits of the ethical treatment and care of Genie compared to the results of this case study? Be sure to consider the motives of individuals working with Genie throughout the years.
Although not the same, how does learning a second language relate to Genies case study? If you were working with an individual who was learning a new language, what advice would you have based on what you now know about language development? Consider timing and exposure to an additional language.
After viewing the videos, what was the most interesting or compelling information that you learned from the case study of Genie Wiley?
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