T409 – Teaching and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Settings: Reading and Writing for Bilingual and English Language Learners
This course prepares teacher candidates to guide young children from diverse family, culture and language backgrounds in learning to read and write. Teacher candidates learn to recognize and describe developmental stages in learning to read and write for 4- to 8-year-olds in their home language and English as a second language. Teacher candidates will become proficient in describing and identifying different factors that influence the learning process, and designing curricula for reading and writing that meet the Illinois Learning Outcomes and Illinois Early Childhood Education Standards. Teacher candidates develop a framework for building a classroom library of fiction and nonfiction reading materials that reflect the literary traditions and points of view of a diverse multicultural society. Methods of teaching reading and writing use this broad base of literature to facilitate the integration of reading and writing with mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts.