Early Childhood Literacies - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (60%) , Essay (40%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit is premised on an image of young children as social beings and competent communicators from birth. Students analyse theoretical perspectives underpinning teaching and learning of languages and literacy in the years from birth to age 5. Students learn approaches to establishing relationships between the literacy practices of the home and early childhood settings. The unit features a strong focus on linguistic and cultural diversity: students consider how early childhood settings can value children’s individual, social, and cultural ways of knowing to facilitate harmonious transitions and continuity of learning. Students apply observation, interpretation and assessment to documentation of children’s early communications. Students design a learning environment that enables children to access a wide range of materials and situations for communication.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critique perspectives on teaching and learning of language and literacy in the early years
  2. interpret children’s learning in language and literacy events
  3. appraise the value of multi-literacies in sustaining children’s communications
  4. analyse the relationship between home literacy practices and the practices of early childhood settings
  5. design a literacy-rich environment for learning.
  • Case Study (60%)
  • Essay (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDE106 Language and Multiliteracies (Birth-5 years) as they are considered equivalents.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Literacy acquisition in the early years
2Sharing spoken language with children birth - 5 years: Communication
3Storytelling experiences: contexts, strategies, and resources for reading
4Sound foundations for learning literacy: perspectives and approaches
5Emergent literacy: Signs, markings and writing
6Multiliteracies: Children as communicators
7Observing and listening to children: Engaging in literacy events
8Documenting children's literacy learning: Authentic assessment
9Literacy as a social practice: families, cultures and communities
10Creating literacy-enriched early childhood settings: Intentional teaching
11Transitions to primary school: communities of readers and writers
12Honouring diversity in language and literacies

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Literacy in Early Childhood/Primary

    By:McLachlan et al

    ISBN: 9781107671010


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Learning Literacies Birth to Three

    By:Laurie Makin

    ISBN: 9781876138349


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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