Language for Reading: Building Good Foundations for Literacy
Dr. Claudine Bowyer-Crane (Sheffield Hallam University)
It is now well established that successful reading is not reliant on decoding skills alone but is a product of both decoding and language comprehension, with oral language skills being particularly important for successful reading comprehension. With this in mind, concern has been raised about the language skills of school starters and the impact this might have on their response to reading instruction. In this talk I will present two studies which evaluate the impact of early intervention on the language and literacy skills of children with weak oral language.