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7 Jul 2014

What's Important to Know About Words of Written Language?

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Book Chapter

Hiebert, E.H. (2012). What’s important to know about words of written language. In M. Hougen & S. Smartt (Eds.), Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Pre-K–6. (pp.138-149). Baltimore, MD: Paul Brookes Publishing.


This chapter develops three ideas about how the origins of English words influence reading: (a) knowing about a word’s origin helps in understanding its structure and meaning, (b) English has many words, a small number of which are used often and many of which are used rarely, and (c) the often-used words have some special features that can challenge beginning readers and English language learners (ELLs).