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ERIC Number: ED386024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Whole Language: A Whole New World for ESL Programs.
Adunyarittigun, Dumrong
This paper suggests that the whole language approach, widely used for first-language reading instruction, is the most appropriate means for teaching reading to learners of English as a second language (ESL). Drawing on research evidence, seven basic tenets of whole language instruction are explained and applied to ESL reading instruction. These include the following: (1) lessons should proceed from the whole to parts; (2) lessons should be learner-centered; (3) lessons should have meaning and purpose for learners; (4) lessons should engage groups of students in social interaction; (5) receptive and generative linguistic competence should be developed simultaneously; (6) students' native languages should be used for instruction; and (7) teachers should help second language learners decrease their affective filters. Contains 39 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A