Whole language and phonics: Improving language instruction through general semantics

Melanie C. Brooks, Jeffrey S. Brooks

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As Brooks and Brooks discuss, whole language instructors value phonemic awareness, yet they support this awareness by encouraging students to engage texts through reading or writing rather than through isolated exercises; vocabulary and grammar are likewise taught through the reading and rereading of texts. Frequent exposure to words and the structure of language is paramount to whole language instruction. Furthermore, by incorporating phonics, vocabulary, and grammar skills into holistic learning events, whole language instructors act to facilitate success in students' growth and overall achievement in reading.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-280
Number of pages10
JournalETC: A Review of General Semantics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

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