© 2010

Literacy Development and Enhancement Across Orthographies and Cultures

  • Dorit Aram
  • Ofra Korat

Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Literacy Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anna C. Both-de Vries, Adriana G. Bus
      Pages 3-15
    3. Sarah Robins, Rebecca Treiman
      Pages 17-29
  3. Promoting Literacy at Home and in School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 84-84
    2. Catherine McBride-Chang, Yvonne Y. Y. Chow, Xiuli Tong
      Pages 97-109
    3. Linnea C. Ehri, Julie Rosenthal
      Pages 137-152
    4. Frederick J. Morrison, Carol MacDonald Connor, Annemarie Hindman
      Pages 153-164
  4. Bilingualism -- Acquiring a Second Spoken and Written Language

  5. Teaching and Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 222-222

About this book


One key measure of a country’s status in the world is the literacy of its people; at the same time, global migration has led to increased interest in bilingualism and foreign language learning as topics of research. Literacy Development and Enhancement Across Orthographies and Cultures reviews international studies of the role of literacy in child development, particularly how children learn their first written language and acquire a second written and spoken one. Comparisons and contrasts are analyzed across eight countries and 11 languages, including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Hebrew, Dutch, and Catalan.

Using qualitative and quantitative, established and experimental methods, contributors trace toddlers’ development of print awareness, clear up common myths regarding parental involvement and non-involvement in their children’s literacy, and suggest how the spelling of words can aid in the gaining of vocabulary. For added relevance to educators, the book includes chapters on early intervention for reading problems and the impact of pedagogical science on teaching literacy.

Highlights of the coverage:

  • Letter name knowledge in early spelling development
  • Early informal literacy experiences
  • Environmental factors promoting literacy at home
  • Reading books to young children: what it does—and doesn’t do
  • The role of orthography in literacy acquisition among monolingual and bilingual children
  • Gaining literacy in a foreign language
  • Instructional influences on literacy growth

Literacy Development and Enhancement Across Orthographies and Cultures adds significant depth and interest to the knowledge base and should inspire contributions from additional languages and orthographies. It belongs in the libraries of researchers and educators involved in cognitive psychology, language education, early childhood education and linguistics.


Attention to Print Becoming Literate in a Foreign Language Early Identification and Intervention Early Literacy Development Early Spelling Development Environmental Factors Inflectional Morphological Skills Influences on Literacy Growth Learning A

Editors and affiliations

  • Dorit Aram
    • 1
  • Ofra Korat
    • 2
  1. 1.Constantiner School of EducationTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.School of EducationBar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Literacy Development and Enhancement Across Orthographies and Cultures
  • Editors Dorit Aram
    Ofra Korat
  • Series Title Literacy Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Literacy Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4419-0833-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-2534-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4419-0834-6
  • Series ISSN 2214-000X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 230
  • Number of Illustrations 50 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Literacy
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