Teaching Reading & Writing. Why teach reading & writing in EYL classes ?. Human brains are naturally wired to speak or listen; they are not naturally wired to read and write. With teaching, children typically learn to read and write at about age 5 or 6 and need several years to master the skill.
Speaking Is Natural; Reading and Writing Are Not
Children don't learn to read just from being exposed to books. Reading must be taught. For many children, reading must be taught explicitly and systematically, one small step at a time.