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COGENT Program: Getting Ready to Read
COGENT program: Getting ready to read

“Reading is the process of understanding speech written down. The goal is to gain access to meaning.” (Ziegler and Goswami, 2005: 3)

Good readers not only understand how print is a representation of speech, but also use knowledge (language, life experiences, and so on) to derive meaning from what they read. While speaking develops naturally when children live in a culture and a community that uses language and where children are expected to interact with others, reading must be taught. Thus, if instruction is appropriate for the acquisition of reading, we could expect children who do not exhibit genetic or neurodevelopmental impairments to be reading after three years of schooling. Yet, a substantial proportion of ...

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