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M.A. presentation at the Escuela Normal del Estado de Durango by Olga

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Whole language

  1. 1. WHOLE LANGUAGE
  2. 2. How does it relate to othertheories and approaches? Emphasizes the importance of meaning and meaning making in teaching and learning. Is designed to help children and adults learn a second language in the same way that children learn their first language. It is seen as an approach based on the principle that it uses the4 main skills.
  3. 3. Approach: theory of languageand of learning. Language is a vehicle for human communication in which there is a relationship between readers and writers. Real Authenticity situations Social practice
  4. 4.  It is authentic. Personalized Self-directed Collaborative PluralisticKNOWLEDGE IS SOCIALY CONSTRUCTED, RATHER THAN RECEIVED OR DISCOVERED.Teacher collaborates to create knowledge using students’ experience, needs, interests, and aspirations.
  5. 5. Teacher’s role: Facilitator and active participant in the learning community. Looks for the occurrence of teachable moments. (no preplanned lesson plan or script) Negociates a plan of work with the learners.
  6. 6. Student’s role: Is a collaborator Evaluator His learning experiences are used as resources for learning. Selectors of learning materials and activities.(real world materials)
  7. 7. How would you use it?Features: Literature Process of writing Encouragement of cooperative learning among ss. Concern for ss’ attitude.Activities: Individual and small group reading and writing. Ungraded dialogue journals Writing portfolios Writing conferences Student-made books Story writing (not based on a topic)
  8. 8. Advantages: Activities are meaningful. Facilitates the development of all aspects of a sencond language.
  9. 9. Critics: Anti-direct teaching Anti-skills Anti-materials.(authentic text aresufficient ot supportsecondlanguage teaching)
  10. 10. Any questions?THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION

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