EDC 680: Reading/Literacy-Early Childhood

Synonym:

81367 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Ronald LaBrusciano

Credits:

3

Seats:

12

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 Early Childhood teacher certification students through December 15; open to other Education students on December 16.

How can we best help young children to learn to read? Should we just use a phonics approach or is it better to use more holistic strategies along with phonics? This course will consider these questions as well as the following topics: the effect of personal, cultural, and linguistic experiences on the acquisition of literacy; an analysis of the reading/writing process and what is involved in decoding and encoding; different approaches to meaningful reading instruction and the value in utilizing good children's literature; ways to help children to gain fluency and comprehension in their reading; the integration of reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities throughout the curriculum.