Literacy: An Evolving Set of Skills
How Do Oral Language Skills Develop?
Children learn language from the day they are born through use, and over time, without formal instruction. Thus, learning language is a rapid, natural process that develops through imitation and reinforcement. The stages of language development are universal among all humans.
However, the age and pace at which a child develops varies greatly. Children repeat what they hear (imitation), and parents respond with praise (reinforcement). Language is also learned because it works; it is a powerful tool for communicating needs and wants.
Although language will never again be learned as rapidly as it is during the first 4-5 years of life, we continue to learn how to use language throughout our lives. Helping students develop their oral language skills will help them understand words when they encounter them in print.
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- 2Key Terms
- 3Literacy Diagram
- 4Literacy: A Cornerstone of College and Career Readiness
- 5Literacy Skills Develop Over Time
- 6“Texts” Come in All Shapes and Sizes
- 7Literacy: An Evolving Set of Skills
- 8Oral Language and the Reading Connection
- 9Unlocking Meaning: Vocabulary is the Key
- 10The Vocabulary Gap
- 11How Do Reading Skills Develop?
- 12How Do We Become Good Readers?
- 13Five Components of Reading
- 14Phonemic Awareness
- 19Comprehension — Putting the Pieces Together
- 20Developmental Stages of Reading
- 21Stage 1 — Visual Cue Word Recognition
- 22Stage 2 — Phonetic Cue Word Recognition
- 23Stage 3 — Controlled Word Recognition
- 24Stage 4 — Automatic Word Recognition
- 25Stage 5 — Strategic Reading
- 26Stage 6 — Proficient Adult Reading
- 27How’s My Reading?
- 28The Power of Writing!
- 29How Writing Skills Develop
- 30Why Literacy Is Important
- 31Preventing Summer Learning Loss
- 32Literacy Everywhere
- 33Deepen Your Understanding
- 34Listen to Students Read Aloud
- 35The Value of Good Questions
- 36Motivation — A Key to Promoting Positive Reading Behaviors
- 37Literacy Skills Affect Future Success and Civic Participation
- 38Learn More Library
- 41Check for Understanding