Teaching Literature to English Language Learners

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2 Units
Independent Study

Course Description

Learn Creative Techniques for Integrating Literature with Language Teaching

This course focuses on strategies for implementing literature into the classroom with English language learners. The curriculum provides a rationale for the use of literature in the classroom with language learners and principles for selecting appropriate reading materials and activities. It suggests criteria for selecting and evaluating materials for classroom use and identifies some of the distinctive features of novels, short stories, poems and plays so that these can be explored in the classroom. Tasks also encourage the observation and assessment of lessons using literacy texts, and integrate English language material by a variety of authors from various countries. The course also focuses on developing practical materials and strategies for cognitively and effectively engaging learners through the integration of a variety of pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading techniques. The course provides activities for scaffolding literature instruction and for developing critical reading and discussion.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (K-12), both Pre-Service and In-Service who teach English Language Learners. The materials are suited for implementation with middle and high school students, but can be adapted with younger and adult learners.

Course Materials: Text, Literature and Language Teaching: A Guide for Teachers and Trainers by Gillian Lazar available at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.com

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X732L – 010 Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $247

IS/Teaching Literature to English Language Learners

Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
Independent Study
Andreea Corona

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What You Will Learn

  • Define personal understandings of literature and its place in language learning and teaching
  • Provide rationale for using literature with English language learners
  • Analyze various approaches to using literature in the classroom with English language learners
  • Access and utilize a variety of literary texts
  • Develop pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading activities for engaging students with literary texts
  • Develop lesson plans integrating literary texts based on student needs and interests


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