EDEL 2140 Teaching Literacy in the Elem School

This course acquaints the student with basic assumptions underlying curriculum and processes in literacy and gives the student an opportunity to select and use instructional materials. (3 lect.)


3 credits

Transfer Status

Equivalent to UW.

Major Topics

Theories of language development

Components of reading, writing, speaking and listening

Literacy instruction 

Stages of emergent literacy and writing 

Teaching strategies

Planning literacy experiences



In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

Explain theories of language development as the foundation for literacy.

Identify the components of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Analyze the fundamental characteristics of common approaches to literacy instruction.

Explain stages of emergent literacy and writing, including the levels of phonological awareness.

Identify strategies and materials to teach literacy, vocabulary, word recognition, fluency and comprehension.

Demonstrate skills in planning, implementing and evaluating appropriate literacy experiences.