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The importance of phonological awareness

Why is phonological awareness important to reading development?
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Phonological awareness is an important and reliable predictor of the ability to read. It is necessary for learning and using the alphabetic code. People who have the ability to sound out words, recognize the identity of these sounds and put them together again have a keen awareness of the alphabetic code. Without phonological awareness students may not know how the print system represents the spoken word. Students who lack phonological awareness may not know the sounds of certain letters. They can usually hear well and may name the letters of the alphabet but ...

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The importance of phonological awareness to reading development is explained in the solution.