Foundations of Literacy Development and Instruction

2 CREDITS    |    TERM 1

This course is designed to prepare teachers and prospective teachers in the application of a balanced, integrated and interactive perspective to teaching reading/language arts in grades K­–8. The focus of the course is on the foundational skills and strategies needed in the developmental phase of “learning to read,” which is essential to the next phase of “reading and learning for life.”

Literacy processes develop over time through active construction on the part of the learner and through interaction with the teacher who scaffolds the learning. The course begins with a focus on literacy practices in the home and community and continue on to the formal practices and experiences of school. Students will examine how to foster literacy learning and support children’s ways of learning, including those with special learning styles or needs; those from language backgrounds other than English; and those from diverse cultures and/or socio-economic backgrounds.