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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:28 by NZTecAdmin

Adults develop strategies to survive in a literate world. At a very basic level, they can associate print with some of their day-to-day needs. For example, a learner may be able to recognise a Pak’n Save sign as a symbol for a supermarket in an unfamiliar suburb or town.

Recognising environmental print is an important initial step in reading and writing development; it means that learners have grasped the concept that print carries meaning that is directly relevant to daily living. If a learner does not have this concept, they will find it difficult to find the motivation to continue to develop literacy skills.

Most adults will have this awareness to some degree. Some ESOL learners who are not literate in their first language and who are from primarily oral cultures may not understand the link between print and meaning.

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