Summer 2023 - EDUC 412W E200

Designs for Learning: Secondary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 4461

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Wed, 4:30–8:20 p.m.

  • 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.


The most recent iteration of the English language arts curricula for secondary schools in British Columbia is in its fourth year of complete operation.  New course offerings, such as Spoken Langauge and New Media have created generative opportunities as well as curricular and institutional unknowns for teachers and students.  This course will focus on developing 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 courses, which include  English First Peoples offerings, New Media, Literary Studies, Composition, Creative Writing, and Spoken Language. 


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 current 8-12 English Language Arts curriculum.


  • One analytical response paper 20%
  • One analytical or arts-based response paper 25%
  • Annotated Secondary Language Arts Unit Plan 40%
  • Class Participation* 15%


*Class participation

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



Beach, R., Appleman, D., Fecho, B., Simon, R. (2021). Teaching Literature to

Adolescents (Fourth ed.). New York: Routledge.


ISBN: 9780367366209


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