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Methods Of Teaching In Early Childhood Language And Literacy

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This course focuses on children's language and literacy development from birth to age 8. Students examine theories of language development, including theories of second language acquisition and the needs of English language learners. They also explore strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. Integration of content area standards and development of hands-on learning experiences are emphasized. Additionally, developmentally-effective assessments are discussed as a means of informing instruction.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Writing Development

    • Explore writing for different purposes.
    • Analyze the relationship between reading and writing.
    • Identify the characteristics of each component of the writing process.
    • Examine instructional strategies that develop each of the traits indicated in the Six+1 Trait® Beginning Writer’s Continuum and the Six+1® Writing Traits.
    • Score a piece of children’s writing using the 6+1 Trait® Beginning Writer’s continuum and the 6+1Trait® Writing.

    Literacy Programs; Overview of Assessment

    • Examine activities and physical characteristics of well-designed literacy centers.
    • Examine how different commercial instructional programs develop literacy.
    • Identify formal and informal literacy assessments.
    • Describe developmentally effective uses of formal and informal literacy assessments in the learning environment.
    • Explain how various literacy assessments may be adapted for diverse learners.
    • Complete a running record.

    Family Literacy; School, Family, and Community Literacy Partnerships

    • Examine research on family literacy.
    • Provide examples of strategies that promote literacy at home.
    • Identify opportunities for effective, reciprocal school, family, and community relationships.

    Overview of Cueing Systems; Literacy Routines and Balanced Curriculum

    • Explain the basic elements of the graphophonic, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic cueing systems.
    • Analyze the relationships among graphophonic, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic cueing systems.
    • Examine the elements of a running record.
    • Explore effective organization and management of the literacy program within the framework of the elementary curriculum.
    • Identify the components of an effective integrated unit of study in early childhood.

    Comprehension; Text Structure; Questioning Strategies and Techniques

    • Define the term comprehension of text and explain how it relates to schema theory.
    • Explain comprehension strategies readers use.
    • Describe instructional strategies that develop comprehension.
    • Review features of narrative and expository text and their related issues for young readers.
    • Use Bloom’s Taxonomy to generate multilevel questions.
    • Compare and contrast convergent and divergent questioning strategies.
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