Delphi (atdelphi) wrote in little_details,

Second Language Acquisition

I'm hoping someone with experience learning or teaching a second spoken language might be able to help me out. About how long would it plausibly take a motivated young man (14) to achieve working proficiency in a second language? At the very least, I need him to easily understand conversations between native speakers that are going on around him; at best, it would be great if he could be easily understood. He's in an immersion environment, travelling on a ship full of native speakers and with someone who speaks his own language who's very invested in intensively teaching him. If it makes a difference, he's a native speaker of the equivalent of Arabic, learned to read the equivalent of French as a small child, and is currently trying to learn the equivalent of English.

Any estimations based on experience would be greatly appreciated!

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