a method of teaching reading in which reading is combined with listening, speaking, and writing practice, and literature is used to decode words in context.: Compare phonics (def. 1).
- whole-language, adjective
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How to use whole language in a sentence
Public uptake of the whole language approach led to massive reforms in education curriculums in the United States that de-emphasized the role of phonics when teaching children how to read and instead emphasized the meaning of words in sentences.How to Make Sense of Contradictory Science Papers - Issue 100: Outsiders | Haixin Dang & Liam Kofi Bright | June 2, 2021 | Nautilus
But I would not advise this rapid acquisition of the whole language in so short a time.Education in The Home, The Kindergarten, and The Primary School | Elizabeth P. Peabody
The huckstering spirit penetrates the whole language, all relations are expressed in business terms, in economic categories.The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 | Frederick Engels
To these should be added their respective names, and the whole language of the science should be rendered as familiar as possible.Practical Education, Volume II | Maria Edgeworth
The whole language is sufficient, except in the excessives—the ultimates.
Our whole language is so essentially based upon religious ideas that it would be very difficult for me to use only neutral words.Modern Skepticism | C. J. Ellicott