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10 Organizing Principles for Language Acquisition & Literacy
by John De Mado

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