Catalogue 2016 - 2017

ED 350 Teaching of Elementary Reading and Language Arts


3 cr.


Enrollment in Elementary Education Program or permission of instructor.

Course Description

This course focuses on the teaching of children's reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills in grades 1-6. Students learn formal and informal methods of assessing reading development, and significant theories and practices for developing reading skills and comprehension. They gain knowledge of the principles and instructional practices for developing phonemic awareness and phonics. They learn about the development of listening, speaking, and reading vocabulary, and theories on the relationships between beginning writing and reading. Students also gain an understanding of the approaches and practices for developing skills in using writing tools, as well as theories of first and second language education and development. Lesson planning is introduced in the class; the Massachusetts Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy is used as a reference for lesson rationales. Student performance is assessed by exams, written assignments, and lesson plan designs. Twenty-five hours of pre-practicum field work and a field work journal completed at a local elementary school are required for students intending to complete the Elementary Education Major.


This course is a prerequisite.