THE SPOKEN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

Jeannette Veach

Abstract


Not only is speech the first language all human beings learn, it is the best medium by which each person finds his own niche in his society. Silence teaches little. The silence of the classroom is the deadliest of instructional atmospheres. The teacher who is convinced that noisy children are a direct threat to his authority deprives, and the word is used advisedly, children of interaction that is crucial to their development into literate humans.

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