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Language and Literacy Education (LL ED)

LL ED 400 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3) Introduction to the reading program; acquaintance with materials and techniques; observations of reading instruction; correlation with human growth and development.

LL ED 400 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3)

LLED 400 is intended to help teacher candidates become knowledgeable users of theory and language about language, literacy and culture; and to think through instructional problems thoroughly, using multiple sources of information to experiment with alternative solutions. Dealing specifically with reading, we recognize that text goes beyond print texts to include multimodal visual, auditory, digital, movement, and artifactual texts. In LLED 400, candidates learn to understand how children develop as readers and users of literacies in and out of school. Candidates learn how to teach in ways that support children’s successful development and uses of multiple kinds of literacy, including reading. Literacy teaching is both an intellectual and practical matter in which teachers work with students in ways that recognize the complexities of language and its social uses, learning and its cultural contexts, and schooling as organizational phenomena. Children enter schools with multiple types of literacy knowledge and cultural experiences. Coming to understand these complexities requires the coordination of both theoretical awareness and applied knowledge. Candidates’ practice is developed as they learn to address the puzzles children present as they construct their knowledge of language, literacy, and literature in various social situations. Developing practical strategies to teach literacy requires a dedication of head, hand, and heart to treat all people with dignity, acknowledging the contributions of all cultural groups and respecting diversity as it honors ideals of social justice.

In LLED 400, teacher candidates develop a repertoire of organizational, instructional, and evaluative strategies that are based on research and best professional practices. Candidates work on projects independently and in collaborative groups. Content is presented by the instructor through a combination of lectures, weekly readings and reflections on readings, class discussion, activities and demonstrations, and viewing and analyzing video. Projects include an analysis of children as readers and curriculum planning.

LLED 400 is part of a block of courses in a PSU teacher education program that is unified by the basic set of principles supporting the development of a broader and more inclusive understanding of texts, children, and communities.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: C I 295A orC I 295B;EDTHP 115 or EDTHP selection
Concurrent: LL ED 401 LL ED 402 for CEAED majors

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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