Summer 2019 - EDUC 472 E200

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 5183

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SUR 5080, Surrey

  • 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 an overview of the theory, research, and practice of literacy and language arts teaching in primary and junior settings. The six key dimensions of Language Arts –speaking, listening, writing, reading, representing, and viewing –will frame the course content. The focus will be on understanding literacy as a social practice and designing learning opportunities for elementary students in authentic ways that are integrated across curricular content. A variety of teaching methods that develop children’s literacy skills and strategies will be discussed as well the importance of questioning and constructing meaning through a critical, multiliteracies lens.

The guiding principles above integrate important elements of literacy learning, represent literacy as social practice (Luke, 1991), and incorporate sociocultural theory (Vygotsky, 1978; Wertsch, 1985) and critical literacy theory (Freire, 1987). As students become literate they use and transform texts. Freebody and Luke’s (1990) Four Resources model envisions literacy learners as 1) code breakers, 2) meaning makers, 3) text users, and 4) text critics.


  • Professionalism, Participation, and Engagement 25%
  • Literacy Autobiography 15%
  • Community Literacy Project 25%
  • Group Inquiry Project 35%


There will be no final examination in this course.



Jordanā€Fenton, C., & Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret. (2010). Fatty legs: A true story. (L. Amini- Holmes, Illus.). Toronto, ON: Annick Press. (E/J) (Available in French)
ISBN: 9781554512461

Weekly academic/professional readings (will be provided on Canvas)


Tompkins, G., Bright, R.M., & Winsor, P. (2016). Language and Literacy: Content and Teaching Strategies (7th Cdn edn.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada Inc.
ISBN: 9780134095899

Elliott, A. and Woloshyn, V. (2013). Language Arts in Canadian Classrooms. Toronto: Pearson (available in bookstore)
ISBN: 9780138003876

Registrar Notes:

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