The Social Sciences

Year: 2021
Volume: 16
Issue: 7
Page No. 143 - 149

The Impact of Language on Child’s Literacy and Their Development Progress

Authors : Omar Alhalabi and Fawaz Almuteire

Abstract: Fifty-five children and their mothers were studied longitudinally from 18-42 months to determine the effects of home literacy practices, children’s interest in reading and mother’s metalingual utterances during reading on children’s expressive and receptive language development, letter knowledge and knowledge of print concepts. At 27 months, children’s interest and the rate of mother’s metalingual utterances during shared reading were assessed observationally and mothers reported their home literacy practices. Children’s language development was assessed at 30 and 42 months and their letter knowledge and knowledge of print concepts were assessed at 42 months. Children’s interest was strongly associated with the rate of mother’s metalingual utterances. Home literacy practices, children’s interest and the rate of mother’s metalingual utterances all predicted expressive language development. Home literacy practices predicted receptive language development and children’s interest predicted letter knowledge. The relative contributions of children and mothers to shared reading are discussed.

How to cite this article:

Omar Alhalabi and Fawaz Almuteire, 2021. The Impact of Language on Child’s Literacy and Their Development Progress. The Social Sciences, 16: 143-149.

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