What do you think are necessary conditions for a child to acquire language?

1. What do you think are necessary conditions for a child to acquire language? Why is talking directly to babies so important for their language development and later academic success. (ca. 1 page)
2. What does the Critical Period Hypothesis claim? Give a definition and an explanation, e.g., brain development and language development. (ca. 1 page)
3. Give a detailed account of Genie’s case. What happened to her before she was admitted to the Children’s Hospital? What happened at the hospital, and how did Genie respond to the treatments? What happened after the money for the research was cut off? Why was the funding cut off. (ca.1 page).
4. What were the characteristics of Genie’s speech? Give details such as pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar (ca. ½ page)
5. Apply the Critical Period Hypothesis to Genie’s case. Can it explain why Genie never learned to speak fluently? Or are there also other factors that could have played a role? (ca. 1 page)
6. In your opinion, did the research/treatment help Genie? Explain your answer. What scientific insights did the research provide? (ca. 1 page).
7. The team of doctors who worked with Genie was sued for submitting to “outrageous and excessive” testing. Do you agree? Did the research get in the way of helping Genie? (ca. ½ page)