(April 17, 2008) Teachers have been teaching children to read throughout history. But 10 years ago, the National Reading Panel outlined the essential components of reading instruction: alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, oral language and vocabulary development, and print awareness. José L. Rodríguez, M.A., an early childhood expert at IDRA, describes these components and how they relate to young English language learners. José is interviewed by director of the Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center . Send comments to
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Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and
Center , welcomes guest José L. Rodríguez, M.A., an early childhood expert at IDRA.
* José names the five areas of literacy development, as identified by the National Reading Panel, and explains why they must be taught in concert.
* José discusses the importance of listening and its role in the development of phonemic awareness.
* José talks about the importance of modeling reading, or reading every day.
* José discusses his specific work with in literacy development with native Spanish speakers in a local Head Start program.
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