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Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2002 Sep;9(3):173-84.

Language development and emergent literacy in preschool.

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University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Center for Academic and Reading Skills, 77030, USA.


To promote school readiness, preschool and Head Start teachers are incorporating more emergent literacy activities into their curriculum. This article argues that emergent literacy is subordinate to oral language development, rather than language development being subordinate to emergent literacy. Literature on components of emergent literacy is reviewed and a framework for a preschool curriculum that promotes oral language development and emergent literacy is presented. The article concludes with the recommendation that phonologic sensitivity and letter knowledge be taught in developmentally appropriate ways within the context of a language-rich preschool environment that specifically targets vocabulary enrichment.

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