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WLA Definition

Method concerned with the teaching of language arts, reading and writing in the native language

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WLA Developer

The term Whole Language was created in the 1980s by a group of U.S. educators.

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WLA Characteristics

1) Emphasizes learning to read and write naturally with a focus on real communication.
2) It is an approach based on key principles about language (language is whole) and learning.

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WLA Approach

1) Views language organization from an interactional perspective
2) Views language psycholinguistics as a vehicle for internal interaction
3) The learning theory is in the humanistic and constructivist schools.

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Views language organization from an interactional perspective

This perspective is a social one that views language as a vehicle for human communication

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Views language psycholinguistics as a vehicle for internal interaction

We use language to think: In order to discover what we know, we sometimes write, perhaps talk to a friend.

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The learning theory is in the humanistic and constructivist schools.

Constructivist learning theory holds that knowledge is socially constructed rather than received or discovered.

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WLA Principles

1) Focus on real and natural events
2) Writing as a process through which explore and discover meaning
3)Integration of reading, writing, and other skills
4) Use of authentic literature

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WLA Teacher's Role

1) Facilitator and an active participant in the learning community
2) Creates a climate that will support collaborative learning

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WLA Student's Role

1) Collaborator with fellow students, teachers and writers of texts
2) Evaluators of their own learning
3) Selectors of learning materials

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WLA Materials

Use of real-world materials rather than commercial texts

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WLA Classroom features

1) The use of literature
2) The use of process writing
3) Encouragement of cooperative learning among students
4) Concern for students’ attitude

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WLA Activities

1) Individual and small group reading and writing
2) Ungraded dialogue journals
3) Writing portfolios
4) Writing conferences
5) Student-made books
6) Story writing

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WLA Conclusions

1) WLA is an approach to learning that sees language as a whole entity
2) Each language teacher is free to implement the approach according to his needs
3) Relevant to learners’ lives and needs