Reading Theories and Practice (Elective)

Reading Theories and Practice

Instructor: Wen-Yun Lin, Ph. D.

Course Aims:

  1. To gain knowledge of reading process, the reading curriculum and reading strategies.
  2. To become knowledgeable about the various programs and materials that are available for reading instruction.
  3. To build knowledge of a range of instructional strategies that support students reading and thinking across different content areas.
  4. To be able to apply these understanding to critique, design, assess and select appropriate instructional practices for students from different linguistic, cultural and economic backgrounds.

Proposed Topics:

  1. Historical perspective of reading instruction
  2. Reading theories and their relations to reading instruction
  3. Reading theories and research
  4. Reading process
  5. Reading strategies
  6. Reading curriculum and instruction
  7. Reading in the content area
  8. Reading assessment


  1. Participation (30%)
    Participation is based upon attendance and engagement in class.
  2. Reading reflection (40%)
    Reading reflection is required for every week.
  3. Project (30%)
    Final project will be decided based on student’s personal goal and need.

Required Textbook:

  1. Samuels, S. Jay & Farstrup, Alan E. (2011). What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction ( 4th Edition). International Literacy Association. Newark, DE.
  2. Weaver, Constance (2002). Reading Process and Practice (Edition 3). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.



  1. Buehl, D. (2011). Developing Readers in Academic Disciplines. Newark, DE: International Literacyg Association.
  2. Daniels, Zemelman & Steineke (2007). Content-Area Writing: every Teachers’ Guide: Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  3. Diamond Linda and Thorsnes. B. J. (2008) Assessing Reading Multiple Measures, 2nd Edition (2nd Edition).
  4. Harvey, S. & Houfbid, A. (2007). Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement. Stenhouse Publishers: Portland, ME.
  5. Honing Bill and Diamond Linda (2012). Teaching Reading Sourcebook Updated (2nd Edition).
  6. KamilM. L., PearsonP. D.Elizabeth Birr Moje, E. B., & Afflerbach, P (editors). (2010). Handbook of Reading Research, Volume IV (4th ed. Edition). Taylor & Francis publisher.
  7. Robinson Richard D. (2004). Readings in Reading Instruction: Its History, Theory, and Development. Pearson publisher


  1. Reading Research Quarterly. International Literacy Association. Newark, DE.
  2. The Reading Teacher. International Literacy Association Newark, DE.
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