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Critical Components of Solid Comprehension of Language and Literature

Last updated 7 years ago

We’ve all heard how important it is for children to have a solid comprehension of language and literacy, but what exactly does this entail? Here are some of the main components of literature and language comprehension:


  • Extended vocabulary

Children who are more advanced readers have a much more extensive vocabularies than children who rarely read. Larger vocabularies help children read significantly faster with much greater comprehension, and much improved recall. 


  • Understanding of inflection

When children have a solid grasp on literacy and language comprehension, they are able to identify when somebody is making a statement, exclamation, or asking a question. This aspect of reading and language comprehension is important for social as well as intellectual reasons.


  • Use of prior knowledge

As children become more efficient at comprehending texts, they should be able to incorporate prior knowledge and experiences and relate them to the texts. This makes it easier for children to understand new material, and also makes their comprehension more effective and efficient. 


  • Inquisitive Analysis

As your child reads, encourage them to ask questions, and have them try to answer the questions by analyzing the contextual evidence. This is a form of self-teaching that improves a child’s literacy comprehension.


Your child’s literacy comprehension requires one thing – reading. A child can significantly improve on all of the aforementioned components by reading regularly, so encourage your child to read regularly.


If you want to improve your child’s language and literacy comprehension, bring them to the Literacy and Language Center in San Francisco, CA. Our reading specialists and tutors can help your child become proficient in reading and writing.


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