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Running head: EMERGENT LITERACY - BIRTH TO THREE YEARS 1
Emergent Literacy - Birth to Three Years
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EMERGENT LITERACY - BIRTH TO THREE YEARS 2
Soowon is past the nonverbal period of language learning. In the first six months in the
new school, her teacher has probably been excellent serving as the sympathetic and perceptive
listener; which is a key role at this developmental stage (McGee & Richgels, 2012). This is
evident in Soowon’s speedy transition from this stage of learning (nonverbal period) into the
later stages. At the present stage, she can identify her favorite book and demonstrate appropriate
gestures, like hugging the book. Clearly, while her teacher has been repeatedly reading The
Seven Chinese Sisters, Soowon has been watching and listening intently, and now she quietly
rehearse moves and phrases related to her favorite book.
Soowon’s current language consists more of telegraphic and formulaic speeches. While
turning through the pages of her favorite book she utters phrases like “go, go” and “help, help.
All these are telegraphic speeches since they fail to communicate deep enough meaning which
otherwise could have been communicated if the speaker was of higher language literacy (McGee
& Richgels, 2012). Again phrases like “home go” and “you safe,” which Soowon uses while
perusing her favorite, are examples of formulaic speeches. These phrases combine independent
meaningful words to communicate a single meaning. The next stage for Soowon is language
fluency, where is to perfect her speech.
Even though Soowon seems to have transitioned quite fast, her writing literacy is quite
very low; she was unable to write the title of her favorite book despite being able to pronounce it
accurately. Like most three year olds, Soowon’s cognition is within the normal level; she was
able to reproduce characters in her favorite book through a drawn art. What draws attention is
how she was able to draw exactly seven characters, which is the same number represented in her
favorite book The Seven Chinese Sisters.

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Running head: EMERGENT LITERACY - BIRTH TO THREE YEARS Emergent Literacy - Birth to Three Years Name Institution Course Date 1 EMERGENT LITERACY - BIRTH TO THREE YEARS 2 Soowon is past the nonverbal period of language learning. In the first six months in the new school, her teacher has probably been excellent serving as the sympathetic and perceptive listener; which is a key role at this developmental stage (McGee & Richgels, 2012). This is evident in Soowon’s speedy transition from this stage of learning (nonverbal period) into the later stages. At the present stage, she can identify her favorite book and demonstrate appropriate gestures, like hugging the book. Clearly, while her teacher has been repeatedly reading The Seven Chinese Sisters, Soowon has been watching and listening intently, and now she quietly rehearse moves and phrases related to her favorite book. Soowon’s current language consists more of telegraphic and formulaic speeches. While turning through the pages of her favorite book she utters phrases like “go, go” and “help, help.” All these are telegraphic speeches since they fail to communicate deep enough meaning which otherwise could have bee ...
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