Summer 2021 - EDUC 412W E100

Designs for Learning: Secondary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 2467

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Focuses on teaching secondary school language arts and addresses aspects of the theory and practice of language arts education. Students examine their own thinking about language arts education through critical reflection, work with the prescribed curriculum, and explore various ways to develop engaging learning experiences for young adults within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Writing.


Students will be expected to meet online through a real-time conferencing platform (Zoom) for lecture, group discussion, and cooperative learning activities. Online meetings will take place on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm. The additional weekly class time will be conducted asynchronously (at your convenience) through resources available on Canvas.

Invitations to conferencing platform will be sent out weekly via email.

The most recent iteration of the English Language Arts curricula for secondary schools in British Columbia has completed its final stage of implementation; the landscape is replete with both exciting generative opportunities as well as curricular and institutional unknowns. This course will focus on developing the understandings and dispositions to construct an engaging and engaged secondary language arts program that is aligned with the expanded course offerings of the revised curriculum. Critical issues in language arts education will be examined, including the nature of literature, the efficacy of inquiry, the complexity of censorship, the politics of canonicity, and the shifting position of print culture. These issues will be framed around an ongoing consideration of instructional practice and meaningful assessment, with a particular focus on the ministry’s new course offerings, which include New Media, Focused Literary Studies, Composition, Creative Writing, Spoken Language and English First Peoples.


Throughout the course, students will:

  • Develop a greater understanding of critical issues in designing language English Language Arts curriculum.
  • Develop a greater understanding of assessment practices in the context of English Language Arts.
  • Develop greater familiarity with and fluency in the updated 8-12 English Language Arts curriculum.


  • One analytical response paper 25%
  • Option of one arts-based response paper or analytical response paper 25%
  • Annotated Secondary Language Arts Unit Plan 35%
  • Class Participation 15%


Please note that weekly attendance and self-assessment will be taken into account in determining this grade.

There is no final exam for this course.



Beach, R., Appleman, D., Fecho, B., Simon, R. (2021). Teaching Literature to Adolescents (Fourth ed.). New York: Routledge.

eText ISBN: 9781000337914
ISBN: 9780367366209

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).