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How to learn to read (or not)

Margaret J. Snowling

in Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print May 2019 | ISBN: 9780198818304
Published online May 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191859496 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198818304.003.0002

Series: Very Short Introductions

How to learn to read (or not)

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‘How to learn to read (or not)’ looks at the stages through which a child must progress on the journey to literacy and the demands of learning to read. It argues that literacy builds on a foundation of spoken language and emphasizes the importance of the skills a child brings to reading. It also discusses the alphabetic principle, phoneme awareness, learning to spell, reading for meaning, and learning to read in different languages. In summary, a ‘triple foundation’ of symbol knowledge, phonological awareness, and rapid naming ability appears to underpin reading development universally. However, there are also additional predictors that are language-specific.

Keywords: Kannada; kinaesthetic feedback; phoneme; reading; spelling; surface dyslexia

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Subjects: Neuroscience ; Psychology of Learning ; Educational Psychology ; Cognitive Linguistics

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