Language Acquisition Ameliorates Adult Illiteracy

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Language Acquisition Ameliorates Adult Illiteracy Being literate in today's society demands a myriad of functional abilities, which, when absent, can have dramatic health, economic, and social consequences. Literacy possesses various aspects, such as reading, writing, speaking, and technology. Undoubtedly, language acquisition is a precursor to developing reading, writing, speaking, and technology literacy. Children must learn basic phonemes, graphemes, and morphemes as a basis for reading application. Phonemes are sounds; graphemes are symbols; and morphemes are meaningful word units. Therefore, phonographic (or graphophonic) refers to the sound-symbol system of the English language. In spoken language, sounds blend in what the ancient Greeks called a "river of sound" (Savage, 2007). Hence, this river of sound flourishes during the language acquisition process, thus embedding contextual clues to develop reading comprehension. Savage (2007) posits, "A child's level of phonemic awareness on entering school is widely held to be the strongest single determinant of the success that she or he will experience in learning to read or conversely, the likelihood that she or he will fail." Therefore, research demonstrates that language acquisition with phonemic awareness is highly related to learning to read and an accurate predictor of reading success into adulthood. Phonics versus Whole Language A long-standing issue continues between phonics and whole language. Some
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