Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development
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Influence of Literacy and the Environment on Language
In school, children learn to read by learning the skills needed for efficient and accurate decoding and comprehension of text. Later, they use these skills in order to read to learn, to acquire knowledge. Learning language and learning to read are therefore related, but separate skills. Early reading and comprehension skills serve as an important precursor to later language, academic and workplace successes. Read full message...
Impact of Literacy on Individuals and Society
Strong literacy skills are essential for future learning and self-reliance. Not having strong literacy skills can lead to a lifetime of economic and social insecurity for individuals and their children. In today’s society, it is more important than ever to have higher levels of literacy for three reasons:
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