Course Description

This course explores current theories and methods to support young children in making a successful start in reading. Participants explore principles of language acquisition and reading; children's transitions from oral language to concepts of print; and the techniques, technology, and texts to begin the development of college- and career-ready readers and writers. Participants analyze effective methods to monitor and assess children's reading, while differentiating reading instruction based on experiential background, language, culture, and special learning needs.

This graduate course is 4 weeks.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

Course Objectives

Principles of Language Acquisition and Reading

  • Define language acquisition and literacy using evidence from current theory, standards, and research.
  • Describe primary readers in terms of their experiential, cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, and language development.
  • Identify meaningful activities and interactions that influence children’s language acquisition and reading.
  • Explain the roles that sight words, the alphabet, and phonological awareness play in children’s transition from oral to written language.
  • Evaluate learning contexts to support English language learners’ conversational and academic language development.

Foundations of Print

  • Demonstrate ways that children build concepts of print.
  • Apply methods to teach and assess phonemic awareness.
  • Explain the role of cueing systems in primary reading instruction.
  • Identify techniques for teaching vocabulary and phonics.

Texts, Comprehension, and Fluency

  • Describe fluency in terms of automaticity, speed, and prosody.
  • Identify daily opportunities to build children’s word knowledge and academic vocabulary.
  • Explain the role that high frequency words play in reading and writing.
  • Analyze children’s spelling development.
  • Explain how text complexity and selection can influence reading comprehension.
  • Identify ways that readers approach, interpret, and connect to literature and informational texts.
  • Evaluate methods for modeling, think-alouds, and applying fix-up tips.
  • Select appropriate texts for English language learners and readers with varying experiences, interests, and abilities.

Reading Classroom and Curriculum

  • Describe the components of a rigorous and critical reading and writing framework.
  • Identify prompts that teachers use to check children’s reading comprehension.
  • Apply strategies, texts, and technology to differentiate instruction based on experiential background, language, culture, and special learning needs.
  • Apply strategies to develop college- and career-ready readers and writers.
  • Present methods to monitor and assess primary reading and writing.




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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Jul 14, 2020 to Aug 10, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Section Fees
Resource Fee $75.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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