EDST 498 L: Teaching Literacy: Strategies that Work

July 5 – 22  (Monday to Thursday)    |   1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


In the BC curriculum, literacy refers to a student’s ability to understand and make meaning from text, while deepening their understanding of themselves and the world around them. This course is designed for all middle and high school teachers who want to incorporate literacy strategies into their everyday practice. This course will explore different aspects of literacy instruction and will guide teachers towards how to effectively implement it within their classrooms. Research-based methodologies will be used as the basis for the class to participate in readings, discussions, reflections, and creations of lessons that can be incorporated into any classroom.

The main objectives of this course are to help teachers understand the importance of explicitly teaching literacy, and to feel comfortable implementing literacy strategies into their practice, regardless of what course they are instructing. Class time will focus on different facets of literacy instruction, including strategies for teaching literacy remotely. Students will explore topics such as digital literacy, fluency development and course-specific vocabulary instruction, as well as ways to improve literacy for ELL and other learners who are not meeting grade-level reading expectations. Additionally, students in this course will learn how to appropriately incorporate Indigenous text and First Peoples Principles of Learning into their literacy lessons.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand why literacy is the foundation for strong learners
  • Create lesson activities that explicitly target literacy development
  • Use appropriate literacy assessment
  • Incorporate strategies in their lessons to reach struggling readers
  • Use online platforms to authentically teach literacy remotely
  • Know how to respectfully introduce Indigenous content into their classroom

Jennifer St Jean

Jennifer St Jean (MEd, BEd, BA) has been a middle school Humanities teacher in Kelowna since 2010. She is a curriculum and assessment leader at her school, and also works as a literacy consultant for the BC Ministry of Education. Developing strong fluency and literacy skills in students is a passion of Jennifer’s and she’s excited to have an opportunity to teach and learn from other educators during the 2021 Summer Institute Session. Jennifer recently completed her graduate project on engaging students during remote learning, and she’s looking forward to applying those same teaching strategies to her EDST 498 class this summer.

How to register

This course is limited to Bachelor of Education, OSE graduate students and practicing educators only.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2021 – Aug. 2021 .” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2021 – Dec. 2021”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education and list the course(s) and dates. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2021 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.