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🗣️When reading with children, should we use "colloquial language" or "written language"?📚



🧐The answer depends on the stage of literacy development. According to the theory of emergent literacy, oral language🗣️ is the foundation for young children's reading and recognition, so it is recommended to use "oral language" when reading with young children in the early stages, to understand the content that can motivate and interest them. Then, at another time, use "written language" to connect the sounds, meanings, and letters of words and to develop literacy awareness.


🤔Why use "oral language" when reading with children's books if I want them to recognize words?

As mentioned earlier, "oral language" is the foundation for children's reading. If you want children to understand the content of the books, it is best to use "oral language." If you only focus on word recognition and ignore the joy of reading, this will hinder their progress and understanding. Reading should not just be about practicing reading words but should also be about enjoying the story. Sometimes children are asked to read words before they are ready, which can be stressful for them. This turns parent-child reading into a tug-of-war, and the child loses interest in reading.


In addition, the familiarity of "oral language" can make children more engaged in the content of the books, and the reading partner can also engage in emotional interactions with them. Remember, to accompany your child, you don't necessarily have to use a perfect tone and rhythm, but you need to be present with genuine emotions. What is better and more emotional than "oral language"?


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