whole language

whole language

noun
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 ).

whole-language, adjective
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Main Entry:  whole language
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a philosophy of reading and writing instruction that emphasizes interpreting meaning from the context of everyday literature
Example:  Whole language is considered the opposite of the phonics method.
Etymology:  1984-89
Usage:  whole-language, adj
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