What is it about?

Being aware of the structure of language helps children read words in texts. For example, knowing whether a given word is a noun or a verb can facilitate its reading. We found that this relation between language structure awareness and word reading in texts existed only when children could rely on the meaning of words.

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Why is it important?

Several factors influence how well children can read words in texts. Our findings specify that being aware of both the meaning and the structure of language is important.


In this study, our findings were actually the opposite of my personal hypothesis, which made me reconsider my view on what really helps children read.

Dr Catherine Mimeau
Université TÉLUQ

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This page is a summary of: The relation between syntactic awareness and contextual facilitation in word reading: What is the role of semantics?, Journal of Research in Reading, October 2018, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9817.12260.
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