ERIC Number: ED155621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Learning to Read is Natural.
Goodman, Kenneth S.; Goodman, Yetta M.
Oral language is used before written language, according to this paper, which contends that the acquisition of literacy is merely an extension of natural language learning for all children. This view of literacy development as natural is distinguished from the views of those that think language is innate; the naturalness of children learning to read and write comes from their active participation in the communication process--their motivation to comprehend what the printed word is trying to "say." The paper describes eight essentials of beginning reading instruction based on a natural language thesis, and offers suggestions for the environment, activities, and teaching procedures that should be used in natural language instruction. (The discussion following presentation of the paper is attached.) (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Theory and Practice of Beginning Reading Instruction, University of Pittsburgh, Learning Research and Development Center, April 1976; For related documents, see CS 004 132-133, CS 004 135, CS 004 137-173, ED 125 315 and ED 145 399; Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document