Whole language is a reading instruction that does not involve phonics
. Students are exposed to a variety of simple literature, often in basal readers
. This method of reading instruction allows, and promotes, the learning of sight words
(memorized words), and common irregularly spelled words. However, it does not provide a method for reading
a new or different word, and therefore should be combined with a variety of reading approaches, such as phonics.
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