Definitions for "Whole language"
a professional movement and theoretical perspective that embodies a set of applied beliefs governing learning and teaching, language development, curriculum, and the social community. Whole language teachers believe that all language systems are interwoven. They avoid the segmentation of language into component parts for specific skill instruction. The use of strategies taught in meaningful contexts is emphasized. Phonics is taught through writing and by focusing on the patterns of language in reading. Assessment focuses on authentic demonstrations of student work. The whole language movement has produced much interest, activity, and controversy and has had a major impact on how the reading education community thinks and talks about instruction.
Focuses on the integration of all the language arts - reading, writing, speaking, and listening - to create child-responsive environments for learning that are supported by literature-based instruction.
Philosophy for teaching language suggesting it be taught as a whole, not through fragmented or isolated skills; characterized by reading real story and chapter books, story telling, reading aloud by the teacher, student writing, student choice and self-direction, and emphasis on meaning and comprehension; teaching is based on individual learning needs.