Essay- What is Language? What is Literacy? How are they different?
Teachers must have a sound knowledge and appreciation for language and literacy to be able to make the two concepts a valuable part of a student's curriculum.
This essay will explore the importance of language and literature in a students learning and how they assist in enhancing their development. Most importantly the similarities and differences will be distinguished so that the relationship between the two can be understood. Defining both language and literacy as different entities, but also closely linked concepts, allows readers to bridge together their affiliation when taught to children in a classroom environment. We can see literacy in having a relationship with language and vice versa. Language and literacy are not seen as separate entities; rather a way of understanding one is part of understanding another. The way in which the two can be integrated can vary. For example, learners cannot develop literary competence without an adequate competence in language. Literacy assists learners in developing their overall language awareness and knowledge about language (Paran 2006). Children must have a sound understanding of the English language to be able to apply their skills into their literacy. When engaging in literacy experiences, children need to have a purpose for applying their language skills and an audience to apply it to (Kervin 2010)
Language is essential in development and growth of a child, as they seek knowledge and understanding, and gain skills through language to explore their world around them. A child requires language to effectively communicate and express their needs and wants and thus, is able to grow and develop as an active member of their community. Language is how we communicate and how we learn. ‘Language is functional- it enables us to get things done’ (Droga & Humphrey 2003, p.1)
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