Adults as Partners in Developing Language and Literacy (online class)

Prerequisite: Early Literacy and Books Online Course

Online Class:

Taught by Saroj Ghoting, hosted through the Library of Virginia. A person in a library system is the host/facilitator for the class, gathering participants and providing contact information and any answering any local questions. Each class has five weeks of content and one final week that is monitored for finishing up assignments. Classes are asynchronous, participants do readings and assignments at their own time. Assignments are available Sunday and are due the following Saturday. Approximate class/homework time 3 hours per week. The fee is $3,000 for 30 people or less. Feel free to email Saroj for further details sghoting@gmail.com


5 Weeks, Online Course


The goal of this course is to provide you with skills and tools to transform your traditional storytime into an early literacy enhanced storytime using information on the early literacy components and the five practices described in Every Child Read to Read @ Your Library® (2011). To this end you will learn to convey early literacy information to parents/caregivers in the storytime setting. It is important to note that this class does not cover how to plan and present storytimes. Instead, it focuses on incorporating early literacy information/ asides into the storytimes you are already presenting.

The required text is Storytimes for Everyone: Developing Young Children's Language and Literacy by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz, http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3739  Participants must obtain this book in advance and have it in hand by the first day of the course.

Overview of the Course

Session One: Review Early literacy components and practices; learn about applying early literacy components and practices in storytime; submit storytime plan

Session Two: Early literacy enhanced storytime—what and why; three types of early literacy asides; practicing the explain aside

Session Three: Getting comfortable with asides; practicing the example aside and applying it to your storytime plan

Session Four: Using interactive activities; practicing the empower aside; planning early literacy enhanced storytime

Session Five: Differences in traditional and early literacy enhanced storytimes; storytime handouts