Abstract: Fifty-five children and their mothers were studied longitudinally from 18-42 months to determine the effects of home literacy practices, childrens interest in reading and mothers metalingual utterances during reading on childrens expressive and receptive language development, letter knowledge and knowledge of print concepts. At 27 months, childrens interest and the rate of mothers metalingual utterances during shared reading were assessed observationally and mothers reported their home literacy practices. Childrens language development was assessed at 30 and 42 months and their letter knowledge and knowledge of print concepts were assessed at 42 months. Childrens interest was strongly associated with the rate of mothers metalingual utterances. Home literacy practices, childrens interest and the rate of mothers metalingual utterances all predicted expressive language development. Home literacy practices predicted receptive language development and childrens interest predicted letter knowledge. The relative contributions of children and mothers to shared reading are discussed.
Omar Alhalabi and Fawaz Almuteire, 2021. The Impact of Language on Childs Literacy and Their Development Progress. The Social Sciences, 16: 143-149.