. How should children learn to read? In Canada, two schools of thought struggle for supremacy « JO LEE MAGAZINE

The Globe & Mail – Learning to read is arguably at the heart of school success, but the way children are taught has swung wildly between two approaches over the decades.

On one side is a phonics-based program. Students are explicitly taught the sounds and letters of the alphabet, and carefully decode each letter as they form a word.

Whole-language champions, however, liken learning to read to how children learn oral language. Proponents say that by immersing children in spoken and written language they will discover how to read and the words on the page will become more meaningful.

Read more on the applications of these methods to Canadian curriculum at The Globe & Mail

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