Summer 2019 - EDUC 472 D200

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 5176

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    EDB 7506, 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.


This course is for those interested in expanding their own teaching horizons and learning about designing a language arts program for the elementary grades. This course aims to give you opportunities to explore issues around the teaching and learning of language and literacy. Theoretical and practical concepts and ideas will be addressed. Through a combination of readings, discussion and hands-on language arts based activities teachers will develop their own teaching philosophy and explore various methods to create a comprehensive program for elementary students.


The purpose of the course is to introduce you to:

  • a sampling of the major ways of looking at language, learning and literacy
  • a cross-section of some of the literature in the field
  • immediate and practical language/literacy learning teaching methods
  • a framework in which to examine and reflect upon your beliefs as a language/literacy teacher
  • the means to deepen and enrich the learning of a diverse group of learners
  • the key activities to involve students in reading, writing, listening and speaking, thinking and inquiry in the elementary classroom


  • Mini presentation and written component 20%
  • Major project 40%
  • In-class assignment 20%
  • Participation 20%



Teaching Language and Literature in Elementary Classrooms by Marcia S. Popp
ISBN: 9780805852950

A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids (Shakespeare Can Be Fun!) by Lois Burdett

Please note that this book will be discussed during one class in the middle of the semester. While it is a relatively inexpensive book, you may prefer to borrow it from the library.
ISBN: 9781552091241

Novel: TBD


50 Literacy Strategies: Step-by-Step (4th Edition) by Gail E. Tompkins
ISBN: 978-0132944915

The 6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide: Grades 3 and Up by Ruth Culham
ISBN: 9780439280389

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