Essay about Language Approach For Teaching Literacy

953 Words Feb 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Whole Language Approach
Steven-Scott S. H. Y. Oshiro
Wilmington University Whole Language Approach With the different approaches to teaching literacy, it’s easy to get confused about what is the right way, or most effective way, to teach children how to read. One commonality I have heard is “Which one do we use?” Educators want a single effective all-encompassing approach to use with all of their students in all of their classrooms. What they want does not exist although proponents of specific approaches might say otherwise. I will be examining the Whole Language approach to see how well it fits into the entirety of language instruction in today’s classroom and with the increasing focus on diverse learners and English language learners. Whole Language looks at the learning of writing, speaking, reading, and listening as a holistic interrelated approach to literacy instruction. One view connects it with the way children naturally learn literacy: Reutzel, D. R., & Cooter, R. B., (2012) explain that literacy learning begins when a child is born and begins interacting with others and continues throughout the individual’s life as a natural process comparable to learning to speak as an infant. Patzelt (1995) cites Rose (1989) in explaining that students were “inquirers and authors” who, rather than focusing on conventions of grammar taught in workbooks and spelling exercises, acquired language through the use of language. Language was not dissected into separate…

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