Summer 2023 - EDUC 472 E300

Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Class Number: 4763

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 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-service and/or in-service educators to explore approaches and methodologies used in teaching English language arts.  The practical knowledge and set of skills in curriculum and instruction that are necessary to create a rich and dynamic English language arts program for the elementary classroom will be examined. Participants will explore and apply strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing in the modern classroom while recognizing the importance of teaching the “whole” child. In addition, we will examine current relevant issues that impact the teaching of language arts, including multiculturalism and diversity, ELL learning needs and other exceptionalities. The importance of promoting a culture of belonging and using asset-based approaches with students when teaching English language arts will be emphasized. The teacher candidates will gain hands-on practice in analyzing pedagogical approaches, designing learning materials, understanding B.C.’s curriculum and Core competencies and understanding learner assessment.


By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Explain key concepts and characteristics of the 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
  • Understand the means to deepen and enrich the learning of a diverse group of learners - Gain a deeper understanding of how to develop an enriching language arts program while meeting the social emotional needs of the student
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to develop an enriching language arts program while meeting the social emotional needs of the student


  • 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 assignments.



Tompkins, G., Bright, R., & Windsor, P. (2018).

Language and Literacy: Content and Teaching Strategies. Toronto: Pearson Canada. ***Seventh Canadian edition

ISBN: 9780134095899

Notes: Paperback or eTextbook version accepted

eTextbook options available on Pearson Canada

Language and Literacy: Content and Teaching Strategies, Canadian Edition (2021)

ISBN: 978013759273


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