Departmental Bulletin Paper Emergent Literacy within a Child Development Program

HINKELMAN, Don  ,  ATKINS, Robert  ,  SCHINCKEL, Peter

The specific stages of development leading up to the acquirement of skills required for literacy (reading and writing) is known as emergent literacy. A diverse range of early childhood experiences that positively encourage and contribute to the use of oral, visual and written language provides the foundation for literacy. Research has shown that children need to be sufficiently and positively involved and immersed in language and literacy rich environments from birth, if not beforehand. This paper considers recent research into emergent literacy which can be applied to a first language emergent literacy program, along with EFL and ESL courses. With English language classes being brought forward to earlier grades we hope that teacher training programs such as Sapporo Gakuin University's Kodomo Hatatsu classes find the paper useful.
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