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Ministry of Education.

Literacy acquisition

Effective Literacy Practice in Years 1 to 4 defines literacy as “the ability to understand, respond to, and use those forms of written language that are required by society and valued by individuals and communities”.

Teachers of years 1–3 need to know how learners acquire literacy. Literacy acquisition can be seen as having three aspects:

Background information

  • For more information about this framework, see pages 24–25 of Effective Literacy Practice in Years 1 to 4.

Updated on: 20 Nov 2014