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ERIC Number: ED409546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
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The Controversy between Whole Language versus Phonics.
Taylor, John
Whole language versus phonics: the debate rages on over the proper techniques for teaching reading. Whole language is a child-centered, literature based approach to language teaching that will immerse the students in real communication. The reasons placed behind whole language teaching are based on linguistics, pedagogy, and psychology. In the whole language program, writing and reading go hand in hand as the student begins to string letters together. Phonics is a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and syllables. Phonics has been in use since the 19th century and has been used by teachers since its inception. Phonics is based on interpretation of research findings, partly on theory, and partly on combined experience of classroom teachers. Proponents of each program claim pupil interest in only their program, and each claim the rival program to be dull and drab. There needs to be a combination of whole language and phonics in order for the students to truly succeed. Educators should strive for what is best for the students. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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