Language Arts & ELL Online Courses

Total Courses: 17

Balanced Literacy & Teaching Strategies Series

Gain a deeper understanding of balanced literacy by studying components such as guided reading, independent reading and more. Choose from…

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EDUO 9144: Media Literacy

Course Overview Analyze how persuasive media messages shape our culture and society. Develop strategies to guide students to critically examine and evaluate media and other resources to determine authority and reliability. Course Objectives In this course participants will have opportunity[...]

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  • Instructor: Beth Scanlon
  • $135
  • 1 Unit
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EDUO 9200: Balanced Literacy: The Reader’s Workshop

Introduction Balanced Literacy is an approach with a goal of developing lifelong readers and thinkers. It exposes students to the habits of good readers by interacting with many genres and styles of literature. Components of balanced literacy, including the reader’s[...]

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  • Instructor: Doug Fannin
  • $405
  • 3 Semester Credits/Units
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EDUO 9201: Balanced Literacy: Building a Community of Writers

Course Overview Participants will learn how to create a classroom environment that is conducive to writing and supports effective writing instruction for all learners, including struggling writers and English Language Learners. The continuum of skills that good writers possess will[...]

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  • Instructor: Doug Fannin
  • $405
  • 3 Semester Credits/Units
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EDUO 9207: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Assessing the Traits of Writing

Section A, Part 1 – Introduction Welcome to Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing, a series of courses designed by Dominican University of California, Division of Continuing Education. This course supports the implementation of the Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing.[...]

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  • Instructor: Mary Lou Varni / Allan Varni
  • $405
  • 3 Semester Credits/Units
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EDUO 9218: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Ideas and Organization

Dates: Self-Paced Units: 2 Instructor: Mary Lou Varni, mlvarni@dominicanCAonline.com Section A, Part 1 – Introduction Welcome to Ideas and Organization, a two-unit course that is part of the Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing Series designed for Dominican University of[...]

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  • Instructor: Mary Lou Varni / Allan Varni
  • $270
  • 2 Units
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EDUO 9219: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Word Choice

Dates: Self-Paced Units: 2 Instructor: Paula Hundley Section A Part 1 – Introduction Welcome to Word Choice Selection, a one-unit course that is part of the Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing Series designed for Dominican University of California, Division of[...]

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  • Instructor: Paula Hundley
  • $270
  • 2 Semester Credits/Units
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EDUO 9220: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Voice

Dates: Self-Paced Units: 2 Instructor: Mary Lou Varni, mlvarni@dominicanCAonline.com Section A Part 1 – Introduction Welcome to Finding Voice in Writing, a one-unit course that is part of the Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing Series designed for Dominican University[...]

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  • Instructor: Mary Lou Varni / Allan Varni
  • $270
  • 2 Semester Credits/Units
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EDUO 9221: Teaching the Foundations for Skillful Writing: Sentence Fluency

Dates: Self-Paced Units: 2 Instructor: Mary Lou Varni, mlvarni@dominicanCAonline.com Section A Part 1 – Introduction Welcome to Creating Sentence Fluency, a one-unit course that is part of the Teaching the Foundation for Skillful Writing Series designed for Dominican University of[...]

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  • Instructor: Mary Lou Varni, Allan Varni
  • $270
  • 2 Units
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EDUO 9222: Whispering to Readers – Independent Reading Plans for the K-12 Classroom

Course Overview “Donalyn Miller is a dedicated teacher who says she has yet to meet a child she could not turn into a reader.” Using the authentic and practical advice in her books, teachers of all grade levels will be inspired[...]

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  • Instructor: Kathleen Murphy
  • $135 - $405
  • 1 – 3 Semester Credits/Units
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Language Arts & ELL Online Courses

The Language Arts courses at Dominican University of California cover everything from the foundations of skillful writing, reflective reading, poetry, media literacy, journalism, teaching English language learners and much more.

Our Language Arts & ELL courses are specifically designed to put the teacher-student on a path toward excellence in the classroom. We are here to guide you toward implementing best practices and developing a strategy for teaching balanced literacy and skillful writing. It includes obtaining a stronger grasp of organization, voice, word choice, and sentence fluency.

Our program series also entails teaching strategies for elementary English-language learners, developing a community of young writers, independent readers and literacy independence. A language arts curriculum to meet Language Arts Common Core Standards is essential.

Language Arts Common Core Standards

Language Arts Common Core State Standards require students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.

Language Arts and teaching skillful writing

Developing good writers start with developing a passion for reading. Writing gives voice to our inner thoughts and allows us to share them. As a teacher, writing focuses students on phonics, comprehension, mechanics, developing their voice or perspective, and communicating this perspective to others. Gone are the days of diagramming sentences. What we want to teach you at Dominican University of California are the proper methods for introducing balanced literacy. That is because balanced Literacy (https://dominicancaonline.com/courses/eduo-9201-balanced-literacy-building-community-writers) focuses on developing the many skills that good readers and writers possess, in an authentic method of communication. Writing makes for better readers and improves comprehension and critical thinking.

Learn how to create a classroom environment that is conducive to writing and supports effective writing instruction for all learners, including struggling writers and English Language Learners.

Teaching skillful writing means to create an environment that is safe, encourages risk, and provides the support for learning the skills essential to the craft of writing. Balanced Literacy provides the teacher with many opportunities to model writing for their students, thereby infusing the skills necessary for their students to develop.

Language development also occurs in predictable stages. Babies coo, mimic sounds, learn one-word identifiers for what they want, and eventually put it all together to form coherent words and sentences. Similarly, writers begin with scribbles, evolve to picture, and eventually begin to use letters to represent sounds. From these basic skills, they can later create words, sentences, stories — there is no limit.

It is vital for teachers to understand the stages of writing so they can help their students advance to higher levels. It is a rare class that contains students who are all on the same functional level.

Learn to design lesson plans that target complex texts

This will differ depending on grade level. Developing reading plans will depend on age and independent student development.

From K through 12, a teacher should understand that all kids are natural readers. They thrive on it, if properly motivated. To design proper lesson plans, however, means observation and soul searching. That means teachers should reflect on their own reading lives as well as develop student interest inventories and evaluations an explore ideas that peak readers’ interests.

Teachers of all grade levels can turn their classrooms into learning environments that promote independent reading and make students into lifelong lovers of books. Our series of courses will show you the way.

Through our Language Arts courses you will develop practices that validate the importance of free choice, independent reading and its important contributions to student achievement both for native speakers and English Language Learner.

At the same time, you will learn to organize, manage, and sustain an independent reading and writing program. That includes getting better at scheduling time, book reviews, student inventories and evaluation.