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Word Recognition in Beginning Literacy by Linnea C. Ehri, Jamie L. Metsala

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Grapheme–Phoneme Knowledge Is Essential for Learning to Read Words in English

Linnea C. Ehri

Graduate School of the City University of New York

Currently there is much interest in the question of how children learn to read, particularly as a result of debates about whether instruction should follow phonics or whole-language prescriptions. The purpose of my chapter is to sidestep the instructional issue, to focus on the learner rather than the teacher, and to clarify how alphabetic processes are central in learning to read words as indicated by theory and evidence. Research on this topic is too extensive to cover fully in this chapter. I have ...

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