Written Discourse

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  • Unlike spoken language, written language does not come naturally. Learning to write is a major achievement that unfolds over many years of schooling. This entry will begin by examining some of the very early precursors of literacy, with the aim of showing what children know about writing before being taught. Following this section, the capacity theory of writing will be presented.

    This theory provides a valuable framework for understanding how the different components involved in the writing process impact proficiency in written discourse. Subsequently, aspects of the language of literacy will discussed, with emphasis given to how children grow into a new register by using language in the written modality and in different text genres.

    Precursors of Literacy

    Research has revealed that children growing up in literate societies ...

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