This course provides an introduction to the nature and development of language in children: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing. Particular emphasis is given to the linguistic diversity of students in the Northwest Territories. The essential components of an integrated, culture-based language arts program for learners at the emergent level (K-3) of language development are introduced. This course focuses on content and teaching strategies suitable for teaching emergent level learners in the six language arts. Aboriginal perspectives will be an integral part of course delivery. Appropriate assessment, evaluation and reporting procedures will also be threaded throughout the course.