New york City, NY (PRWEB) November 16, 2012
A study conducted by academics at Vanderbilt University, Delaware University and Temple University announced that reading to children greatly improves and aids their language development. The study reviewed teaching practices internationally and concluded that reading to children up to the age of three is critical in their later language development, both in terms of the complexity of their language and time needed for that development.
This research supports previous findings that when young children up to the age of five have been exposed to oral forms of language they become more quickly accustomed to using that language and actively seek to incorporate it into their own speech.
Book reading is an important factor in language and reading development because it is a way to help children listen and learn words as they occur in a grammatically correct sentence. More importantly, it keeps children engaged, especially when they are required to use language in order to interact with the story and the parent narrating it.
Marc Slater, the managing director of 7 Speed Reading, commented on this study, saying, “These findings illustrate just how significant early exposure to oral language really is. If we want our children to become competent little language masters we need to give them all the necessary stimuli, especially through reading and oral interaction, as early as possible. Book reading shouldn’t be looked down upon as a passive activity. In fact, it encourages interaction between reader and listener about the story’s development, unknown words, even pictures in a book. In any way we look at it, book reading promotes language production and interaction.”
This study indicates also how speed reading programs can take this improved language competency, acquired early in life, and move children's reading abilities to the next level. If a child builds a strong foundation in spoken and written words, then it is almost guaranteed that advanced language processes such as reading faster will be easy for them to master.
Slater concluded, “Parents’ goals should be to expose their children to quality oral language early in their life and most importantly, consistently. Their future literacy and language development largely depends on this early exposure to spoken language.”
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