How is spoken language linked to reading?
Child Hears and learns Phonemes
Lets review: Language acquisition is a natural process which is both genetic and environmental. At birth infants are able to imitate all the sounds of language, unfortunately as they learn their countries particular language they begin to lose some of those sounds. If a child is unable to distinguish phonemes they will have difficulty in processing words. It is crucial to expose to a variety of literature from infancy.
Learning words and morphemes
As children begin to speak they converse both on a simple and complex level. Songs and rhymes benefit learning process. Processing disorders or brain damage may impede learning words. Vocabulary is gained quickly from 18 months on. Visual aides and manipulatives facilitate learning of new concepts.
I have seen how processing disorders delay language acquisition first hand. At the age of two I remember being so proud…
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