Why is Learning the Alphabet Important for Learning Languages?
May 09, 2017
Learning the alphabet of a language is a simple concept, but it is the
most important stage of a human being’s literacy development. Usually,
the alphabetic principle states that there are individual letters, or
combinations of letters, in order to represent the regular sounds of
speech. Through human knowledge of the alphabet of a particular
language, a person can read or speak words that are otherwise unfamiliar
The Latin alphabet is the most common set of letters
that are used by major languages such as English, Spanish, French, and
German. Although there other important languages that are not using the
Latin alphabet, such as the Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, and
Hindi, learning the Latin alphabet as early as possible is important; it
could be the main key for a person in learning another language as
Why is learning the alphabet so vitally important in the early development of a human being?
Learning the alphabet is fundamental for learning to read; on the other
hand, without an accurate knowledge of letters, children will
definitely have serious difficulty in the early stages of literacy.
Letter recognition and phonemic awareness are the two most essential
predictors of reading ability. Learning the alphabet is the main
foundation of a written language, while phonemes provide the knowledge
of oral language. Thus, when alphabetic knowledge and phonemic awareness
are applied together in human literacy, a child has the potential to
become a good reader and communicator.
When a child begins
kindergarten, he or she undergoes many helpful exercises conducted by
their teacher. This would enable the children to recognize many letters,
usually by showing them random letters, one at a time, and analyzing a
child’s responses. However, entering kindergarten doesn’t entirely mean
that the child would learn immediately, without risk factors. Study show
that 50% of all children entering kindergarten have one or more risk
factors that may create significant reading problems for the student.
Knowledge of alphabetic letters before formal reading instruction is
one of the strongest predictors of children’s reading ability, and thus,
parents and teachers should not neglect the essential contributions of
this early stage of learning for their children.
school, there are simple and yet fun activities with which parents can
help their children sustain and help the literacy development of their
children. Children’s books and technology are great contributors in
helping students develop their knowledge.
alphabet knowledge is a helpful step for the students to understand and
to encourage them to learn other languages. Although learning other
languages that don’t use Latin alphabet requires other practices,
however, the Latin alphabet helps the student understand other languages
in pronouncing foreign words by converting its original pronunciation
into an easier form, using the Latin alphabet letters.
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