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Early Literacy

Analphabetism not only is a problem for developing countries, but also for highly developed countries such as Germany with roughly 7.5 million people considered to be functional illiterate. Recent research such as the reading studies by Stiftung Lesen helps us to recognize what crucial a role plays, for example, reading aloud to young children for later reading behavior and success in school.

We slowly come to honor the role of early literacy – the aquaintance of pre-school children's cognitive, linguistic and social skills which enable them to learn to read and to write at later stages. What exactly, then, are the skills children need to acquire? How do they achieve this? How can it be promoted? What about children who are non-native speakers of the target language? Check out our newest articles below.

Digital Footsteps to Early Literacy

The topic Early Literacy seems to become more and more important amongst literacy advocates. However, knowledge about the role of early language exposure to academic success is not a new one.

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New E-Book Features Innovative Early Literacy Approaches

Finally published for immediate download: The e-book Prepare for Life! Raising Awareness for Early Literacy Education (PDF) is the result of the same-titled international expert conference that took place in March 2013 in Leipzig.

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Prepare for Life: Language Education Is More Than Learning the Alphabet

The International Expert Conference of early childhood language and reading skills want to work on a recommendation catalogue.

More than 130 participants from 35 different countries discussed cultural, social and political parameters for up-to-date early childhood language and reading skills at the international expert conference "Prepare for Life! Raising awareness for Early Literacy Education“ in Leipzig from 12th to 14th March.

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Babies Take Statistics About the Languages They Hear


In order to become literate, babies must acquire language. Dr Patricia Kuhl is the co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences of the University of Washington and well-known for her research on speech sounds and the first critical period in language development with babies.

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Children Helping Children


Children learn from their peers, and most often from their older brothers and sisters while interacting with each other. And older children like to share what they know with the young ones and take care of them. Arguably, this seems to be one of the most natural forms of transmitting skills and knowledge. The project Getting Ready for School takes advantage of this fact in order to promote literacy skills.

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Print referencing makes a difference in reading skills

Reading aloud with print referencing enhances reading skills

Making a small change in reading aloud to preschool children makes a beneficial boost on their reading skills later on. This reports a longitudinal study that examined the impact of the project STAR (Sit Together and Read in Early Childhood Special Education).

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Reading Study 2011

The importance of reading for the development of children

The German reading foundation Stiftung Lesen* has released a representative study on the effects of reading to children (November 2011). The core question of this study is: Which influence does reading to children have on their development? Five hundred 10 to 19-year-olds have been surveyed.

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The television is the No. 1 family medium in Germany

FIM study 2011 assessed communication and media use in families

Cover of the study

Results from the recent FIM study 2011, carried out by the Media Educational Research Alliance South-West (mpfs), were presented at the conference for “Media Today” on February 2nd, 2012. While the television, radio and the internet are the media that are most commonly used in families in Germany today, books are particularly important for the younger children: parents read to, or read together with, 82 percent of the children aged three to five yea

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"Lesestart" Getting Started – Three milestones for reading

“Lesestart” packs support early language and reading development in Germany “Lesestart” encourages parents to master milestones in reading development together with their children. First “Lesestart” packs containing age-group specific books and information material were distributed by pediatricians on the occasion of regular checkups for under six-year old in November 2011, while the next pack will be handed out when children visit the library for the first time and the third and final set will be given to them when they start school.

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Bookstart (UK)

Bookstart provide each baby in the United Kingdom with a set of books, and supports health and education professionals as well as parents with guidance regarding early learning and reading. Furthermore, it targets librarians and booksellers as regards advice and partnership solutions for selecting the book packs. 

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Comparative evaluation of the “Mother Child Education Program”

Interviews with 100 mothers regarding the project’s effects


Cover of the report, © Foundation AÇEV

Corresponding to the “Mother Child Education Program“ (MOCEP) run by the ACEV Foundation, which is meanwhile run in five countries (Turkey, Bahrain, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Belgium), Sevda Bekman and Aylin Atmaca Koçak conducted a comparative evaluation in 2009, supported by the ACEV Foundation. 100 mothers who had participated in MOCEP were questioned in part-structured personal interviews regarding their assessment of the quality oft the project, its effets and their own experiences throughout and after completion of the project. The project targets families in areas that are disadvantaged by educational policy.

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Evaluation of “Reading Schools” and “Reading Preschools”

Reading campaign “Cala Polska czyta dzieciom”

poster of the reading campaign

“ABCXXI - All of Poland Reads to Kids” foundation and the Polish Ministry of Culture jointly launched a campaign for promoting reading in 2001. This campaign aimed to promote reading aloud, at school, at home and in public places. In 2006, the centre for evaluation, “Osrodek Ewaluaji” analysed effects of the regular reading activities together with local programme coordinators.

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