Reading and Language Acquisition – EDLC 554

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course is designed to impart a thorough understanding of the complex nature of language acquisition and the reading process. Emphasis will be placed on language acquisition, foundations of reading and writing, and the development of language use within and across different social and cultural contexts and developmentally appropriate levels.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Candidates will explore the diverse experiences and the impact of those experiences on literacy learning. A vast knowledge of literacy development (phonemic and phonological awareness, concept of print, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension), writing skills and spelling, teaching strategies, and appropriate assessment techniques for 21st century learners is needed for classroom teachers today.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, there will be three Discussions throughout the course. The purpose of Discussions is to generate interaction among the candidates in regards to relevant and current course topics. The candidate is required to submit one thread of 450–500 words. The candidate must submit two replies of 150-200 words each. In each thread and reply, there must be at least two well-developed paragraphs. Sources cited in Discussions must be formatted in current APA format. (CLO: B, D, F)

Lesson Plan Assignments (3)

The candidate will create three lesson plan assignments that contain a reading or writing focus. Each lesson will be on a separate topic: reading skills, writing skills, and literature. The candidate must use the provided Lesson Plan Template to submit this assignment. Please note that the third lesson plan assignment requires the submission of two lesson plans. (CLO: A, C, E, F)

Early Learning and Development Assignment

The candidate will review the development areas from Virginia’s Early Literacy and Development  Standards document. For each of the five areas of development for early literacy, the candidate will complete a chart for all five areas to describe the area, describe and provide a sample activity, and make a connection with the activities to provide a context for meaningful learning necessary for all children, but especially critical for English Language Learners or children with special needs. The description of each area of development, sample activity, and contextual analysis must be at least 100 words. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Literacy Assessment Toolbox Assignment

The candidate will create an assessment toolbox for the practicum course and/or specific grade level. The toolbox will include three literacy assessments: 1) informal reading inventory, 2) diagnostic tool, and 3) progress monitoring. Each assessment tool will be supported by two research-based articles relating to the assessment tool. All articles should be current within the past five years. Each journal article summary should be 150-200 words in length. The assignment should be completed using current APA format, including a title page and a reference page. (CLO: A, D, F)

edTPA Task 1: Context for Learning Assignment

For this assignment, the candidate will provide thorough descriptions of various factors within the learning context. (CLO: A, D, E, F)

edTPA Task 1: Planning Commentary Assignment or edTPA Task 1 Replacement Assignment

MAT candidates will complete the edTPA Task 1: Planning Commentary Assignment providing details in a LiveText template for two original lesson plans (created in addition to the other lesson plans already created in the course). The assignment should stay within the 9-page limit. (CLO: A, B)

M.Ed or Doctoral candidates will complete an alternate assignment adapted from edTPA. For Part 1 of this assignment, each of the questions must be answered in 2-3 sentences. For Part 2, each question should be answered with 3-5 sentences. This assignment should adhere to current APA formatting. (CLO: A, B)

edTPA Task 1: Instructional Materials and Assessments Assignment

The candidate will submit pictures or samples of instructional materials from the lesson plans created in this course. Instructional materials should not exceed 5 pages in length. Additionally, the candidate will submit the assessments and their directions from the lesson plans created in the course. There is no page limit for the assessments. (CLO: A, C, E, F)

Course-Embedded Practicum (3)

For candidates who began the licensure program prior to Fall 2019: The candidate must complete the 30-hour course-embedded practicum of reading instruction in this course.

For candidates who began the licensure program in Fall 2019 or thereafter: The candidate does not need to complete the course-embedded practicum in this course. The candidate must complete the assignments listed below instead of the course-embedded practicum; however, he or she will have an alternative question to answer on the quiz. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 1 file upload question, have no time limit, and allow unlimited attempts.

  1. Quiz: Practicum Proposal

The candidate will identify the setting and method for fulfilling a minimum of 30 hours of field experience in elementary or remedial classrooms during literacy instruction in FEM through LiveText.

  1. Quiz: Field Experience Management (FEM) and Time Log

While completing the required hours, the candidate must complete the Field Experience Time Log provided in LiveText.

  1. Quiz: Field Experience Assessment (FEA)

The candidate will have the host teacher complete this assessment and submit the Pre-CPAST in LiveText.

Quiz: Praxis Teaching Reading Licensure Test Acknowledgment

This quiz contains 3 true/false questions to acknowledge the Candidate's understanding of the necessity of this licensure test. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, have no time limit, and allow 1 attempt. (CLO: A).

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 or 35 multiple-choice questions, have a 2-hour time limit, and allow 1 attempt. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)