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ERIC Number: ED071052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 17
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Are Linguistic Programs Different?
Gunderson, Doris V.
To determine whether linguistic programs are really different, the first problem is to find an acceptable definition of a linguistic program. Many publishers term their basal reading series linguistic, but they are basically designed to teach "code-breaking" and treat reading as a matter of simply breaking a spelling code. A desirable linguistic program should recognize the relationship of the accumulated knowledge of research in language acquisition and reading (e.g., Williams' study indicates that oral language ability does not improve under present teaching practices except for underachieving boys in the first years of school, and Rystrom's study indicated that teaching designed to aid children with dialect differences did not achieve the desired result). A linguistic program for teaching reading should (1) provide the teacher with definite means of determining the oral language readiness of the children; (2) provide the teacher with means of building upon the oral language of the children; (3) provide for teacher instruction in those aspects of linguistics important to a complete understanding and demonstration of oral and written language; (4) provide for materials of diagnosis and instruction for continued development of oral language competence; and (5) provide reading content developed according to natural oral language patterns. (HS)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Assn. (16th, Atlantic City, New Jersey, April, 1971)