In the classroom: teaching early literacy in Indian languages

Berntsen, Maxine (2009) In the classroom: teaching early literacy in Indian languages. Learning Curve (13). pp. 38-40.

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When a child enters school at the age of five or six, she already has a basic grasp of her first language. She has a vocabulary of at least 4,000 words, and a mastery of basic grammar. This means she can interact with others and carry on a conversation. Moreover, she has in her head a model of the world that organizes and structures the life experience that she has had up to this point. Once she goes to school, her major task for the first three years is to become literate, that is, to learn to read and write what she already knows on an oral basis. In the process of becoming literate, the child also takes some of the first steps in developing a reflective awareness of what she has hitherto known only on an unconscious level.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Berntsen, Maxine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Foundation Publications
Full Text Status: Public
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