ECE119W: Promoting Language and Literacy

Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours 0 Credits 3
Promoting Language and Literacy focuses on curriculum construction for language-acquisition skills, such as reading comprehension, pre-writing, and emergent literacy. It offers instruction on how to guide children in their development of oral language, phonological awareness, print concepts, and written development: i.e., the core literacy areas. The course places strong emphasis on the Language Development and Emergent Literacy domain of the NH Early Learning Standards, using high-quality children's books to promote best practices for acquisition of language and reading. The course likewise covers poetry and prose fiction, including multicultural and informational books as applied to early childhood education. Students learn multiple lessons for children in each core literacy area and explore tools for assessment and documentation of children's progress. Students create activities and lesson plans for each core area, which they add to their professional portfolios. Students observe and participate in an approved ECE setting for fifteen hours.