Summer 2023 - EDUC 472 D100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 4498

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SRYC 3240, 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.


Developing the skills to communicate in the areas of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking 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 these areas and, more importantly, how to apply this knowledge in 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 curriculum. Through selected readings, activities, and dialogue, students will explore a variety of strategies and methods, paying particular attention to acquiring a knowledge base of research, theory, and best practice.


  • Gain an understanding of the research regarding best practice in an elementary Language Arts program and how to apply this knowledge in diverse classroom settings;
  • Learn to design lessons and learning experiences to support students’ development of communication skills and how assessment practices can help to design instruction that meets the needs of students; and,
  • Develop an awareness of the importance of motivation, engagement and a supportive environment in the development of literacy skills.


  • Meaningful participation in class, picture book inquiry, and completion of reflective writes 20%
  • Chapter facilitation and strategy demonstration in small groups 20%
  • Article review 15%
  • Final in class write, demonstrating the big ideas of the class 10%
  • Unit Plan (completed in groups or individually) 35%


Students are expected to actively participate in the class and complete readings and assignments. Marks will be based on a combination of individual and group assignments. It will be beneficial to have a laptop



Heydon, R., McTavish, M. & Bainbridge, J. (2022). Constructing Meanings: Pedagogies for Literacies K-8 (7th edition) Toronto, ON: Top Hat/Nelson.

While the required textbook is its 7th ed, 6th ed (ISBN: 978-0-17-658078-0) is acceptable. Also, 7th ed should also have a digital version, which is also acceptable.
ISBN: 978-1-77412-842-8


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