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The notion of having equal proficiency in two languages across a range of contexts (Social and academic).
Definition 1: The use of more than one language.
Definition 2: The ability to communicate naturally and fluently in more than one language in all areas of life.
Between these definitions lie worlds. Somewhere in between we want to see our children.
And as we know that life means learning in our constantly changing world, we understand that Bilingualism is a process, not a result.
When a learner acquires conversational proficiency in both languages but does not attain native-like proficiency in either language.
Semilingualism is a term that is used to describe people whose two languages are at a low level of development, where there are often evident deficiencies in both languages. Semilingual people typically need to consciously think about language production. They may speak grammatically incorrect, and have a small vocabulary in both languages. Semilingual people encounter difficulty in thinking and expressing themselves in either language.
Subtractive bilingualism is when learning a second language interferes with the learning of a first language. The second language begins to replace the first language.
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