whole-word method

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Noun1.whole-word method - teaching reading by training beginners to associate printed words with spoken words
teaching reading - teaching beginners to read
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He dismisses what he calls the "whole-word alternative" by saying that "the trouble with the whole-word method of teaching reading is that someone decides in advance the order in which the learner will be taught the individual words.
In a report on reading skills published by seven specialists, the whole-word method of reading instruction was called vastly inferior to the phonic method.