Summer 2023 - EDUC 472 E100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 4655

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • 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 for pre- and/or in-service educators to explore a set of practical knowledge and skills in curriculum and instruction for exploring and teaching English Language Arts in the elementary classroom settings. The teacher candidates will gain opportunities for 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 for teaching English Language Arts in the context of British Columbia K-12 system.

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 multicultural classroom discourses while focusing on learning and teaching English Language Arts.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:
· Explain key concepts and characteristics of learning processes of children, and the BC Curriculum for English 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 50%
  • Individual Lesson Plan 20%
  • Group Unit Plan 30%


There will be no final examination in this course.


Teaching Portfolio (50%) will be in-class assignemnts.



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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