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ERIC Number: ED138921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Practicing What We Breach--The Orchestration of the Language Arts.
Cloer, Carl Thomas, Jr.
Elementary teachers should focus attention on language activities that involve naturally the reciprocal relationships among listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Teachers need to value, use, and make useful the background and language of all students, through a Language Experience Approach (LEA) in which students dictate and write about personal experiences and reconstruct their oral language through reading. Direct teaching of word recognition skills occurs within the framework of personal language and is closely related to writing and spelling activities. A wide variety of language experiences must be provided for students. Listening/viewing centers, writing centers, and reading centers which include student-written books can all stimulate students to produce written language that corresponds with the language arts activities of the classroom. Students can be helped to learn language patterns and vocabulary which may not be characteristic of home-rooted language. Research indicates that LEA appears to have certain distinct advantages for certain pupils. LEA-taught pupils show growth in writing and spelling ability and in the development of a broader informational background. Reading development is at least as great as in basal programs. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami, Florida, May 1977)