Helping children become readers

Amritavalli, R. (2012) Helping children become readers. Language and Language Teaching, 1 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2277-307X

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Literacy, for the purposes of the census, is the ability to write one’s name. But to reduce literacy to a signature is obviously to trivialize it.Nor is literacy merely the ability to recognize alphabets, and to put them together to read words, or to read a text. Although all these skills are part of the road to literacy, true literacy is the ability to read independently, a text of one’s choice, and understand it. (Note that literacy is not merely the ability to read a textbook and answer questions based on it, just as arithmetic is not simply the ability to learn up the correct solution to every problem in a given book.)

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Amritavalli, R.
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Language, Reading, Language teaching, Language learning
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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Note: Published twice a year in January and July, Language and Language Teaching (LLT) reaches out to language teachers, researchers and teacher educators on issues and practices relevant to language teaching. The primary focus of the publication is language pedagogy in elementary schools. LLT proposes to establish a dialogue between theory and practice so that practice contributes to theory as much as theory informs practice. The purpose is to make new ideas and insights from research on language and its pedagogy accessible to practitioners while at the same time inform theorists about the constraints of implementation of new ideas.
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