Metcognitive/Metalinguistic Awareness

Reading and writing is not simply about learning and applying phonics skills. Literacy is about the flexible ability to use metacognitive and metalinguistic awareness in a strategic and effective manner. Metacognition is the ability to think about one’s thought processes and inner voices. Metalinguistic awareness is the ability to consciously reflect on the nature of language, such as phonemic and syntactic awareness, code-switching, or translanguaging. Both are important toward proficiency, fluency, and comprehension in literacies. Restorative literacies can support children toward listening to their own inner voices, building positive and productive thought processes, and developing flexibility in their strategies to solve phonemic, syntactical, comprehension, and expressive challenges.     

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