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There are between 4,000 and 6,000 languages remaining in the world and the characteristics of these languages vary widely. How could an infant born today master any language in the world, regardless of the language's characteristics?

Language During the School Years
Language during the school years

By the time children begin school, they have usually become fairly skilled speakers of their native language. They may have made some progress in learning how to write the alphabet and some basic words, including their names and the names of family members. Depending on their home environment, they may have also been provided with opportuni­ties to learn to read. There is a great deal of variability in children's experience with reading and writing as they enter kindergarten. In this chapter, you will learn about how children around the world continue to develop language skills during the elementary school years. Becoming literate is a journey; after basic reading skills are developed, students hone their ...

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