Definition : "Explanations of literacy concepts and skills are clear and at an appropriate level."

Explanations of literacy concepts that are clear and at an appropriate level play an important role in helping children with early literacy acquisition. This seems to be particularly so for children who begin school without many skills in literacy and who have not been immersed in a range of literacy activities in their homes.

In the study, the more effective teachers not only clearly explained literacy concepts at a letter and word level but also included clear, whole text explanations - for example, the concept of the elements of a narrative as well as the purpose of those elements.