The Importance of Literacy #Infographic

The Importance of Literacy #Infographic

Although there has been extensive documentation of the benefits of home-language literacy, the Australian education system has failed to provide institutional support for its development. This paper explores the effects of (il)literacy in the home language on bilingual / multilingual children's academic, affective, and social growth, and proposes standards that should be followed for success by home-language literacy initiatives. It addresses programs that can be easily adapted to meet the needs of Australia's linguistically and culturally diverse population, though designed mainly to enhance literacy or second-language skills in classroom settings.

We argue that the cost of not investing in successful home-language literacy programs will be higher in the long run than the cost of implementing them, and recommend that Australia consider funding grassroots home-language literacy initiatives in a bid to improve the overall literacy results for home-language speakers.

The Importance of Literacy #Infographic

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