Comparing Literacy And Language Models

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Success in education depends on how literate one is. Moreover, being literate is more than being able to read and write, rather it is the student’s ability to apply the skills taught effectively on a job, in society, and to further their education. “Students with strong literacy skills have promising educational and career options, while most students with weak skills face a future of being undereducated and underemployed as they struggle with undeveloped personal goals and unfulfilling, low-paying jobs” [Hock & Deshler, 2003]. Consequently, the ensuing paper will compare literacy and language models used in a bilingual education program and will select models that would be useful in establishing a bilingual program. Comparing Literacy and Language Models “Literacy is defined as a social practice, meaning a form of activity through which we use text in culturally appropriate ways for specific purposes” [Kern, 2000]. On the other hand, Neilson (2014) argues that “the power of literacy lies not just in the ability to read and write, but rather in a person’s capacity to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and discern the intricacies of the world in which they live” [Delvene, 2014, para. 1]. Significantly, when these two perspectives are analyzed, literacy can be seen as a skill and a tool. Whereby, students, can possess the learned skills and still be unable to utilize these skills in an informative way. Letter and Sound Knowledge For bilingual education
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