whole language


Definition of whole language

: a method of teaching reading and writing that emphasizes learning whole words and phrases by encountering them in meaningful contexts rather than by phonics exercises

Examples of whole language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advocates of the rival whole language approach, which means figuring out words from context or from being exposed to good literature, are in retreat, but have left many casualties. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of whole language

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whole language was in 1977

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16 Oct 2021

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“Whole language.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20language. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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