EDC 555: Reading/Literacy - Elementary

Synonym:

81366 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Carol Berner

Credits:

3

Seats:

20

Semester:

Spring 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/12 - 5/3 (1:00PM-3:29PM)

Description:

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction
Required of and restricted to Education Department teacher certification students through December 15; open to other Education students on December 16.

Is reading a skill that children naturally develop or is it a process that requires programmatic, constant instruction? Is it better to teach phonics or try a ‘whole language’ approach? This course will address these questions and consider the following topics: an analysis of the reading process and what is involved in encoding and decoding; different approaches to reading instruction and the use of children’s literature; ways to teach reading that promote confidence and fluency; assessment tools to determine the strengths and needs of young readers; and the integration of reading, writing and speech activities throughout the curriculum.