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whole language

noun
1.
a method of teaching reading in which reading is combined with listening, speaking, and writing practice, and literature is used to decode words in context.
Compare phonics (def 1).
Related forms
whole-language, adjective
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Contemporary definitions for whole language
noun

a philosophy of reading and writing instruction that emphasizes interpreting meaning from the context of everyday literature

Examples

Whole language is considered the opposite of the phonics method.

Word Origin

1984-89

Usage Note

whole-language, adj

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