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Native Language Literacy for Mandarin Chinese-speaking Children

Through this course graduate students explore the acquisition of literacy skills in the child’s first language, in this case, Mandarin Chinese. The course will focus on literacy development in the following areas: oral language development through storytelling, songs, poems, games, etc.; the use of literature and of teacher- and student-made materials; and grammar and spelling. Participants will analyze ways of using children’s literature and children’s writing and will explore ways to teach reading and writing in the content areas. Participants will also assess commercially available materials for teaching reading and writing in Chinese, as well as original and translated Chinese children’s literature. Teacher- and student-made materials will be examined and developed, particularly in the context of children’s varied learning styles. Graduate students will also review the rules of Chinese grammar and orthography. This course is taught in Mandarin Chinese. Prerequisites: TESL 530 and EDUC 561 or permission of instructor.