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The Whole Language Umbrella provides a network for individuals and support groups to come together to discuss issues related to whole language theory, research, and pedagogy. Membership is open to any individual or group interested in Whole Language.  

WLU is a conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, and individual membership in WLU includes membership in NCTE and a subscription to the WLU journal Talking Points. We invite you to take advantage of the synergy between these two organizations and join an important network of teachers helping teachers. 

To become a member, join online or call NCTE Customer Service toll free at (877) 369-6283.

Individual Membership

Talking PointsWLU membership is $25 a year for NCTE members and includes a subscription to the WLU journal Talking Points.


Talking Points helps promote literacy research and the use of whole language instruction in classrooms. It provides a forum for parents, classroom teachers, and researchers to reflect about literacy and learning. Published semiannually in October and May.

Unique advantages for individual members:

Group Membership

Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL) groups provide individual members, usually from the same geographical area, a local network for their interest in whole language. Click here to see if there is group in your area. 

Unique advantages for TAWL group members:

Join/Start a TAWL Group:
A minimum of five members is required to form a TAWL group. One member, usually the group contact person, must be an individual member of WLU/NCTE. TAWL Group membership in WLU is $25.00 per group.

To start a TAWL group, print out, complete, and mail the TAWL Group Enrollment Form with your payment to 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096.


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