EDU410 : Teaching of Literacy Skills

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

It is common to believe that literacy instruction is solely the charge of language arts teachers, but, frankly, this just is not so. "Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives." -- Richard Vaca, author of Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum With content standards looming, it''''''''''''''''s easy to only focus on the content we teach, and covering material. We have so much to tell students and share with them. However, are we affording students enough time daily to practice crucial communication skills? Here''''''''''''''''s one way to look at it: Content is what we teach, but there is also the how, and this is where literacy instruction comes in. There are an endless number of engaging, effective strategies to get students to think about, write about, read about, and talk about the content you teach. The ultimate goal of literacy instruction is to build a student''''''''''''''''s comprehension, writing skills, and overall skills in communication.

Course Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the students will be able to:

  • • comprehend all of the basic concepts related to the teaching of literacy skills
  • • apply these concepts in their classroom as a teacher of literacy skills
  • • analyse all of the terms/concepts given in the outline
  • • synthesize and integrate the concepts/strategies where needed
  • • evaluate and judge strategies/materials for making better decision for their students

Course Calendar

Teaching of Literacy Skills (Topics 1 to 6)1
Levels of Language (Topics 7 to 12)2
Certain Terms (Topics 13 to 18)3
Stages of Language Development (Topics 19 to 24)4
Some Guidelines (Topics 25 to 30)5
What Should Literacy Do? (Topics 31to 36)6
Literacy Classroom (Topics 37 to 42)7
Teaching Alphabets (Topics 43 to 47)8
Activities with Alphabets (Topics48 to 53)9
Quiz No. I
Alphabetic Principle (Topics 54 to 57)10
Lowercase Letters (Topics 58 to 61)11
Introducing Sounds (Topics 62 to 65)12
Some Terms (Topics 66 to 69)13
Consonant Sounds (Topics 70 to 72)14
Assignment No. 1
Different Consonant Sounds (Topics 73 to 78)15
Points of Articulation (Topics 79 to 82)16
Teaching Consonant Sounds (Topics 83 to 86)17
Consonant Sounds at Higher Levels (Topics 87 to 91)18
Quiz No. 2
Vowel Sounds (Topics 92 to 94)19
Vowel Triangle (Topics 95 to 98)20
Long Vowels (Topics 100 to 103)21
Diphthongs (Topics 104 to 108)22
Triphthongs (Topics 109 to 112)23
Teaching Vowels (Topics 113 to 116)24
Teaching Vocabulary (Topics 117 to 119)25
Stages in Teaching Vocabulary (Topics 120 to 123)26
Idioms and Collactions (Topics 124 to 128)27
Teaching Spellings (Topics 129 to 132)28
Quiz no. III
Teaching Spellings (Topics 133 to 136)29
Listening (Topics 137 to 140)30
Teaching Parts of Speech (Topics 141 to 144)31
Teaching Tenses (Topics 145 to 147)32
Teaching Tenses (Topics 148 to 150)33
About Grammar (Topics 151 to 155)34
Assignment No. 2
More About Grammar (Topics 156 to 161)35
About Grammar (Topics 162 to 166)36
Listening (Topics 167 to 170)37
More About Listening (Topics 171 to 174)38
Speaking (Topics 175 to 178)39
More About Speaking (Topics 179 to 182)40
Quiz no. IV
Reading (Topics 183 to 185)41
More About Reading (Topics 186 to 188)42
Writing (Topics 189 to 192)43
Writing Process (Topics 193 to 196)44
Approaches and Methodologies (Topics 197 to 202)45
Final Term Exam
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