This course provides teachers of children at the pre-primary and lower primary levels with the skills to teach reading and language arts through print-rich environments. It examines teaching methods for Language Arts and emphasizes literature enjoyment to enhance language development in young children. Students in this course will learn how to select and use appropriate children's literature to support literacy and teaching reading, writing, and oral communication. Effective reading, writing, and oral communication strategies will be covered within the context of the early childhood classroom.
This course focuses on the literacy development of children from three to eight years of age. It provides an examination of young children's emergent reading and writing skills: Phonological awareness, comprehension, print awareness, and alphabet knowledge (letter identification and letter-sound knowledge). Topics also include: Visual discrimination skills, environmental print knowledge, relationship between spoken and written language, fine motor skills, awareness of the purposes and functions of written words, letter and word writing, and the awareness of conventions of spelling, grammar, syntax, and punctuation. It explores the principles, methods, and materials for teaching literacy through a play-based, inclusive, and integrated curriculum. As a requirement, candidates participate in a four-hour clinical experience. They conduct a one-hour observation, and then prepare and implement lesson plans for four whole-group interactions with children in a preschool or lower division of a primary school setting.