This year our Language workshops at the PSP havefocused on a Whole Language approach to languagelearning and teaching. Each term we focused on justone of three readily available resources to use in theprimary classroom. And we have suggested ways thatFoundation Phase teachers can use these resources toget their learners using language in a meaningful andpurposeful way.
What do we mean by WholeLanguage?
What do we mean by “Whole Language”? What is a ‘WholeLanguage” approach? A Whole Language approach means makingsure that learners have opportunities to use and develop all aspectsof language in any learning event. It means that learners arerequired to think, listen, speak, write and read when they carry outany learning experience. Speaking doesn’t happen on its own. Ittakes place alongside listening reading, writing and thinking. It isdeliberately integrated with thinking, listening, writing and reading.This approach to language learning and teaching arose out of aconcern that many children struggle with written language whenthey meet it at school. This is true, even when the learners havelearned to speak, listen and think quite successfully.
A Whole Languageapproach means makingsure that learners haveopportunities to use anddevelop all aspects oflanguage … It means thatlearners are requiredto think, listen, speak,write and read when theycarry out any learningexperience.