ERIC Number: ED375614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Whole Language, Reading Achievement, and the ESL Student: Definitions and Applications.
A review of the literature focuses on the use of the whole language approach to second language teaching in reading instruction for students of English as a Second Language (ESL). First, research on the whole language approach is explored, particularly as it has been used to teach reading. The approach itself is explained, and growth in its use is documented. The variety of classroom techniques and materials that can be used are also examined, and criticisms of the approach are noted. While substantial research on the whole language approach in reading instruction is found, comparatively little on its use in ESL reading is evident. However, it is proposed, based on literature concerning ESL instruction, that the principles of the whole language approach address many of the complexity of issues in ESL learning and is appropriate for ESL reading instruction. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of SECOL and the Tennessee Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Memphis, TN, April 7-9, 1994).