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Literacy, Language, and Literature

This course is a theoretical and practical investigation into language arts conceived broadly, focused on children and youth in both school and informal settings. Students learn about first and second language/literacy acquisition, including ‘phonics’; sociolinguistics, including multilingualism; cognitive/neuropsychological processes underlying the development of language/literacy; disabilities related to language/literacy; reading and writing pedagogies; and the experience of engagement with literature. The course includes attention to readers, writers, and speakers with diverse social, linguistic, intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities, as well as different levels of opportunity to learn. Students observe students at different ages engaged in a variety of language activities, engage in practice teaching, and undertake an independent participant/observation research project in a local school.

Course Number

EDYS 262 C1


New, William S.





Course Format


Course Format Description

Whole class videoconference 1X weekly during scheduled meeting time. Small work groups/individual videoconference w/instructor 1X/2X weekly, during scheduled meeting time. Student work groups video/audio conference 2X weekly, 1X during the scheduled meeting time. Students on their own time: viewing/listening-to recorded AV materials, participating in text-based forum & chat conversation, collaborating on shared documents/projects, reading and writing. Online interaction with K12 students (TBD).

Time Slot

All Morning



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