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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
) 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.