|Published online: December 9, 2013||$US5.00|
The Quebec Education Program (QEP) mandatory reform concentrates on two critical areas: the teaching of Evolution and English Language Arts (ELA). The emphasis is particularly aimed at the teaching of elementary evolutionary biology and correcting the growing deterioration of ELA. In Quebec, almost half the potential Elementary Science Teacher candidates entering English Universities are from multi-lingual, multi-cultural backgrounds. Many lack the basic English Language Arts skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). This situation exacerbates the difficulty in dealing (professionally) with the vast amounts of information and eInformation overload. Despite their mastery of the latest Hi-Tech, high-speed, electronic gadgetry, the preponderance of these “rush – rush environment”, future-educators readily confess to being slow readers and writers. This phenomenon is not exclusive to Quebec. Through conducting my on-going, longitudinal eSpeedReading Productivity© Research Study and in networking with colleagues at international conferences, the same story is repeatedly told: Diminishing English Language Arts are becoming ubiquitous. The purpose of this paper is twofold: how to teach information-based text (Elementary Evolutionary Biology) and how to ameliorate all four ELA skills through a comprehensive solution called: LaDaRT-PupEEEs.
|Keywords:||Evolutionary Biology, Preparing Elementary Science Educators, Expository Text, LaDaRT-PupEEEs Template, Readers’ Theatre, Script-writing, Original versus Adapted Scripts, ePlagiarism, MEQ Reform Competencies|
Associate Professor, Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada