Issues for SLL’s

Concepts of print can pose an issue for second language learners because many languages do not have the same concepts of print that the English language does. For example, McKenna and Stahl point out the fact that Hebrew or Arabic books are read with the spine to the right, whereas English books are read with the spine to the left (McKenna & Stahl, 2009). Adding to this issue is the fact that many educators assume students have concepts of print knowledge and do not incorporate instructional techniques that aid in the development of concepts of print; consequently, allowing for SLLs to fall behind in their literacy development.