Fall 2021 - EDUC 472 D100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 7583

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • 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 reserved for students enrolled in the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE) program.

EDUC 472 provides an overview of the research, theory and practice of literacy and Language Arts in elementary classrooms. The course will centre around the key aspects of English Language Arts (reading and viewing, writing and representing, speaking and listening). The focus will be on understanding literacy as a social and constructivist practice and on designing and assessing meaningful learning experiences for diverse learners.


  • Participation 20%
  • Learning Portfolio 60%
  • Response Papers 20%


The completion of all course requirements forms the basis for assessment and evaluation.

There is no final exam for this course.



Popp, M. (2005). Teaching Language and Literature in the Elementary Classroom. New York: Routledge.
ISBN: 9780805852950


Culham, R. (2003). 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide Grades 3 and Up. New York: Scholastic Professional Books.
ISBN: 9780439280389


Choices from list of additional novels TBA (for purchase or through library)


Additional readings will be provided on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.