EDLA 6550 Principles of English Instruction
Credit Hours 3.0
Corequisites EDCI 6600
Description

Students examine instructional procedures, teaching strategies, technology, and evaluation procedures for middle and secondary school English.

EDLA 7150 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In this course students read widely from the body of literature for children and adolescents, examine selected texts in terms of theories of literary criticism, and evaluate books on the basis of literary quality, the characteristics and needs of contemporary young people, and relevance for the teaching of literature.

EDLA 7280 Early Writing Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides in-depth experiences, analysis, and construction of ideas related to expressive communication among young children, especially regarding their written language. Readings, discussions, and activities will relate to theories of development, learning, and cognition, composition theory, young children’s expressive communication, and the writer’s craft. Talk about culture, multilingualism, and the value of diversity will permeate all of these topics. (Cross-listed with ECE 7280).

EDLA 7440 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Literature
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on the relationship between the reader and the literary text, examining assumptions about the nature of literature, the characteristics and patterns of readers, the processes of reading, responding to, and interpreting texts, and implications for teaching.

EDLA 7460 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of Writing
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

In this course students examine theory and research in rhetoric and composition, study the problems of teaching and assessing writing, and examine various designs and strategies of instruction. Students also investigate their own writing habits and patterns with the purpose of improving writing instruction in the schools.

EDLA 7480 Theory and Pedagogy in the Study of the English Language
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course engages students in a study of theory and pedagogy related to the teaching of the English language. The course focuses on various instructional methods used to help students gain oral and written discourse competence in a multicultural society. Topics include teaching English grammar and usage as well as the social, political, cultural, and historical influences on language variation and change.

EDLA 7550 Theory and Pedagogy of English Instruction
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EDLA 6550
Description

Examines current issues in strategies, materials, and technology related to the teaching and learning of English at the middle school and secondary levels. Current literature in English curriculum, teaching, and research in English education are investigated.

EDLA 7580 Language Foundations of Literacy Learning: From Acquiring Oral Language to Reading Words
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines the relationship between oral language development and reading acquisition. Language within this course is viewed as composed of three dimensions: sociolinguistic, linguistic, and developmental. An additional focus is on how oral language influences young children’s acquisition of word reading. Topics include: (a) the relationship between oral language development and acquiring an understanding of the alphabetic principles; (b) the significance of the concept of word; (c) reading words; (d) progression of word reading beyond sight word reading; and (e) effective instructional and assessment strategies. (Cross-listed with ECE 7580).

EDLA 8020 Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts Shaping Early Literacy Instruction
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to examine the implications of social, cultural, and political contexts on early literacy development and policy. Early literacy policy is shaped by at least three powerful forces: government, professional associations, and the workplace (K-12 school systems and institutions of higher education.) Topics include issues of social and cultural diversity as they related to literacy development, how early literacy policies are created, shaped, and implemented in our school systems, and the impact of such policies on how literacy is defined in schools and in society.

EDLA 8330 Language Variation and Learning
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EdS or PhD students
Description

This course focuses on language characteristics marking regional, ethnic, and social variations of American English. Emphasis is on learning problems arising from linguistic differences and on strategies and materials for students from diverse language backgrounds.