Summer 2019 - EDUC 472 D100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 5175

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    EDB 7509, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Focuses on developing knowledge, skills and strategies to create a rich and stimulating language arts program in the elementary classroom. Issues in reading, writing, speaking and listening will be examined through current theory and teaching practice.


Joining theory and practice, this course will provide future and practicing teachers a deeper understanding of the developmental nature of reading, writing, oral and digital literacies in the elementary grades. Students will have opportunities to explore and critique a range of children’s literature and recognize the holistic value of engaging with narrative writing. In addition, we will examine current issues relevant to teaching language arts, including multiculturalism and diversity, “at risk” students, ESL/EAL learners, refugee education, disabilities and the impact of technology on learning, including coding. Students will become familiar with a repertoire of instructional strategies, activities, and resources related to the New Curriculum. A particular focus will be on integrating Indigenous ways of learning into daily teaching, and working with children at their level in advancing reading and writing skills. Students will have opportunities to analyze, develop and apply techniques for on-going reading assessment and evaluation.


  • Participation 20%
  • Research Paper 30%
  • Canvas Narrative Portfolio 20%
  • Integrated Lesson Presentation 30%



Tompkins, G., Bright, R., Pollard, M. & Windsor, P. (2018). Language Arts: Content and Teaching Strategies. Toronto: Pearson Canada. ***Seventh Canadian edition.

(This textbook is on reserve in the Bennett library.)
ISBN: 9780134095899

Additional materials will be handed out in class or accessed online.

Registrar Notes:

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