Spring 2020 - EDUC 472 E100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 8114

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SRYC 3270, 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.


The core goal of this course is to equip pre-service teachers and/or those who are interested in teaching language arts to young learners with a set of relevant practical knowledge and skills in curriculum and instruction. The students will gain opportunities to get hands-on practice in analyzing teacher language and behaviour in classrooms, examining pedagogical approaches and methods, understanding learner assessment, designing study materials, understanding curriculum and lesson planning, and looking into identities of teachers for young language arts learners.

This course will tie together theories and practices in curriculum and instruction in elementary language arts. This course will also aid students in reviewing general theories of curriculum and instruction specifically for young learners of language arts from multiple perspectives such as developmental psychology, educational sociolinguistics and methodological approaches. Considering the sociocultural diversity in Metro Vancouver, the course will also inquire into English Language Learners and classroom discourses.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:
· Explain key concepts and characteristics of learning processes of children, and BC Curriculum for language arts at elementary levels;
· Develop and/or transform their own practical knowledge and skills to teach language arts programs in elementary education


  • · Teaching Portfolio (10 micro tasks, 5% each) 50%
  • · Demo Lessons (Feedback Only) 0%
  • · Individual Lesson Plan (Initial Draft) 5%
  • · Individual Lesson Plan (Final Draft) 15%
  • · Group Reading Presentation 30%


There will be no final examination in this course.



Students are not required to purchase any texts for this course. All assigned readings, videos, and other resources will be available online or through the SFU library.

Registrar Notes:

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