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10 Organizing Principles for Language Acquisition & Literacy
by John De Mado
||Language acquisition begins with 'comprehensible input'.
||Comprehensible input turns into 'output' of language,
||Most of the vocabulary we own comes from broad conversation, not reading, and is self-selected.
||The amount of vocabulary we own ultimately determines 'literacy'.
||Language is ambiguous and often inadequate for
human needs; thus war, violence and discord exist.
||Successful reading is ultimately determined by
comprehension of what is read, not simply decoding.
||Due to the ambiguity of language, we 'guess' when we
listen, read and view.
||Vocabulary enables us to 'guess' when we listen, read
||Abundant vocabulary enhances our ability to 'guess' effectively.
||The most literate among us are the best 'guessers'.