Language and Literacy

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EDKL102- Assessment Task 1

Essay- What is Language? What is Literacy? How are they different?

Teachers must have a sound knowledge and appreciation for language and literacy to be able to make the two concepts a valuable part of a student's curriculum.

This essay will explore the importance of language and literature in a students learning and how they assist in enhancing their development. Most importantly the similarities and differences will be distinguished so that the relationship between the two can be understood. Defining both language and literacy as different entities, but also closely linked concepts, allows readers to bridge together their affiliation when taught to children in a classroom environment. We can see literacy
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Vygotsky believed that by the time a child enters school, they use language not only for communicative purposes, but also for thinking and planning (Daniels at el, 2007 pg.138).

Literacy is control of secondary use of language. It can be seen as being able to apply language to “use”, “function” and “control”. We all use language everyday; however literacy is the act of applying our knowledge of language. We use language to produce a range of modes for different purposes and audiences. Literacy is used to develop language and use it, for practical and purposeful situations and work. There is little use for possessing the knowledge of language if we cannot use and apply it in our everyday lives to gain knowledge and understanding (Kervin 2010).
As educators, we must be aware that our knowledge of literacy and how we convey it to our children is an essential and ongoing process that is constantly adapting. The importance of applying the student’s knowledge of language to literacy is crucial as it plays a crucial part in a child’s education, development and life skills. If a child cannot apply their language skills to literacy they will find it

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