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Early home literacy: Some insights into the cultural and linguistic worlds of a Malay child
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Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Educational Research Association of Singapore, Singapore, 2005.
This paper provides a brief insight into a case study of a young Malay girl learning
literacy at home. The study is grounded in sociocultural and interactional ethnographic
perspectives of learning and is part of a pilot project that sets out to understand how
children in English-knowing bilingual Malay families in Singapore come to learn literacy
within the milieu of their homes. Two themes that form part of the child’s cultural and
linguistic worlds are discussed here: oral interaction around texts and beliefs about
literacy. I concur with other studies that suggest that families are key sites where literacy
and linguistic competence are constructed and that young children’s emergent literacy
learnings may not always come in ways that are recognised in schools.
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CRP 19/04 MAB
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