ERIC Number: ED182704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Literacy through Language Communication: A Curriculum for the 1980s.
Lee, Grace E.
Since the traditional information-based curriculum does not adequately meet contemporary needs, it should be replaced by a process-oriented curriculum that fosters skills in information processing, concept formation, problem solving, and other higher order cognitive processes in conjunction with the development of language skills. There are many indications that both students and adults in our society have failed to develop more than minimal literacy skills. A language communication curriculum for the 1980s must give equal emphasis to subject information and human relations and must effect a respect for both the media and the role of literacy in students' lives. Curricular areas that are particularly suited to the development of language communication include speech, theatre arts and drama, debate, business communication, consumer education, media, and journalism. The language curriculum should help students gain a concept of reading as an integrated process comprising language, thinking, and communication--a concept that is not promoted through fragmented basic skills programs. (Several classroom activities are suggested for each of the curriculum areas discussed.) (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Claremont Reading Conference (47th, Claremont, CA, January 18-19, 1980)