Clinical Issues: Assessing Latino Children’s Emergent Literacy Abilities Literacy is a complex skill that is required to achieve academic and economic success. Literacy, which develops prior to formal school instruction, emerges from oral language abilities, awareness of print, knowledge of letter names and sound-letter correspondences, and phonological awareness (Adams, 1990). An evaluation of a child’s early abilities includes ... Clinical Issues
Clinical Issues  |   July 01, 2004
Clinical Issues: Assessing Latino Children’s Emergent Literacy Abilities
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  • Carol Scheffner Hammer
    Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Clinical Issues
Clinical Issues   |   July 01, 2004
Clinical Issues: Assessing Latino Children’s Emergent Literacy Abilities
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2004, Vol. 11, 15-19. doi:10.1044/lle11.2.15
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, July 2004, Vol. 11, 15-19. doi:10.1044/lle11.2.15
Literacy is a complex skill that is required to achieve academic and economic success. Literacy, which develops prior to formal school instruction, emerges from oral language abilities, awareness of print, knowledge of letter names and sound-letter correspondences, and phonological awareness (Adams, 1990). An evaluation of a child’s early abilities includes measures that address each of these areas. Cultural, lintuistic, and environmental factors that may affect a child’s abilitiesneedtobe considered when evaluating a child. This is certainly true when assessing Latino children who may come from homes in which a language other than English is spoken. Therefore, prior to the assessment, background information is needed about the child’s linguistic, home, and educational environments. This information is then used when assessing of the child’s abilities and interpreting the results of the assessment.
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