The English Language Arts

The English Language Arts

The English Language Arts

The English Language Arts

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Volume I of the N.C.T.E. Curriculum series attempts to do three things: (1) to give an overview of the curriculum in English Language Arts from the preschool through the graduate school, (2) to bring the best thinking in the field to bear upon major issues faced by curriculum committees throughout the country, and (3) to describe as illustrative for local committees a method of approach to curriculum-making found useful in this study.

The Need for Reëxamination of the English Program

Many factors have contributed to the need for reëxamination of the program in English at all levels of instruction. One is the changing concept of learning brought about by the study of human development. Language power is recognized today as a part of all growth. Words acquire meaning in relation to broadening experience. Social as well as linguistic factors inhere in improved methods of communicating. Sequence in learning depends upon continuity of growth in the learner. Developing a program in the language arts today may be likened less to building a wall by carefully laying brick upon brick than to nurturing growth in a tree by enriching the soil, furnishing the proper environment, and judiciously pruning as certain branches get out of control. The problem is not so much one of looking at English and determining the order of topics to be studied as it is of looking at the learner and the society of which he is a part and aiding his growth both in and through the elements of reading, listening, and expression necessary to effective living today.

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