ERIC Number: ED299816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
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Linguistics and Literacy Teaching.
Gambell, Trevor J.
Applied linguistics has made major contributions to literacy teaching in recent years, in four general areas. First, second language acquisition is becoming the model for first language literacy teaching in schools through the "whole language approach" to literacy. Second, the field of sociolinguistics has convinced educators that literacy is a social achievement and that literacy abilities are acquired by individuals only in the course of participation in socially organized activities. Third, the way in which children learn oral language is a model for all language learning, including literacy. Fourth, pragmatics and study of the functional aspects of language development have revealed that the situational and contextual demands on language delineate the linguistic requirements, which establish register and mode of discourse. These contributions are examined as they apply to the three major components of literacy--reading, writing, and response to text, especially to literature. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the World Conference of Applied Linguistics (8th, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, August 16-21, 1987).