Summer 2019 - EDUC 473W E300

Designs for Learning: Reading (4)

Class Number: 4206

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SUR 3280, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Offers theoretical and practical information about teaching reading in K-12 general education settings. Students with credit for EDUC 473 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


Reading is critically important for success in school and in other aspects of life. In this course, we will examine what research tells us about best practice in reading instruction and, more importantly, how to apply this knowledge in the today’s diverse classrooms. There will be a focus on strategies and approaches to support the needs of all learners, while applying the foundational concepts in B.C.’s redesigned curriculum. Through selected readings, classroom activities, and dialogue, students will explore a variety of reading strategies and methods, paying particular attention to acquiring a knowledge base of research, theory, and best practices that support the development of reading skills. Further to this, students will learn how to apply this knowledge in a classroom setting.


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Critically assess reading theory and research-based best practice in reading instruction and understand how to apply this knowledge in the design of lessons and learning experiences that support children's reading development;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to select and administer appropriate reading assessments to: gather and analyze pertinent information, and to guide and support student learning;
  • Design effective reading instruction that meets the needs of diverse learners;
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of motivation, engagement and a supportive environment in the development of literacy skills



Students are expected to actively participate in class and complete readings and assignments. Marks will be based on a combination of individual and group assignments. As this is a writing intensive course, proficiency in writing will be considered in the grading of assignments. There will be no final exam in this course.



Graves, Michael F., Juel, Connie, Graves, Bonnie B. & Dewitz, Peter F. (2011). Teaching Reading in the 21st Century, 5th Ed. Pearson.
ISBN: 9780132092258

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