Some teachers and pedagogy experts assert teaching reading through the phonics approach is a foolproof, time-efficient technique. Others argue in favor of the whole-language learning approach
New York City, NY (PRWEB) May 21, 2015
The Reading Wars have been raging for years, eReflect's editor notes in a new blog post. Some teachers and pedagogy experts assert teaching reading through the phonics approach is a foolproof, time-efficient technique. Others argue in favor of the whole-language learning approach. Ultimate Vocabulary™ and eReflect revisit the decades-long debate in a new blog post, concluding that the ideal course of action is a hybrid approach to teaching reading.
The editor of the vocabulary builder software blog presents the contrasting approaches, discussing the benefits and limitations of the phonics and whole language methods in an effort to provide a balanced overview of both. The editor's goal is to help teachers find a robust approach to teaching reading.
The phonics approach is grounded on the accurate use of pronunciation, spelling, and word usage, as opposed to relying on context to make sense of what is being read. The phonics approach largely rests on the explicit teaching of spelling and phonological rules so that learners have a knowledge pool from which to draw when they’re reading new words, or reading at a level above their present skill.
This approach gives no focus on context, the Ultimate Vocabulary™ editor explains. It expects the reader to draw on existing knowledge and linguistic information to accurately read and interpret text.
On the other hand, the whole language approach is more relaxed when it comes to spelling and pronunciation rules. This method puts more emphasis on context and word usage as the tool for making out a sentence’s meaning. Phonics are still taught in this approach, but they’re not the alpha and the omega, the Ultimate Vocabulary™ editor says, noting that there is a distinction between the two.
“While phonics give students a strategy and repertoire for phonetically figuring out new words they encounter, the whole-language approach equips them with a much more necessary skill: that of deciphering meaning through context.”
eReflect and Ultimate Vocabulary™, a cloud based program that offers learners power vocabulary through fun and expert-designed activities, believe that a balanced approach to teaching reading should be in place in all schools. Focusing on just one of the two will mean preventing children from making use of the whole repertoire of tools and strategies learners should have at their disposal.
To improve vocabulary doesn’t mean engaging in a single exercise or technique. To improve vocabulary quickly and efficiently, eReflect emphasizes the importance of a blended approach that uses the strengths of each method.
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