Language and Literacy in Early Childhood - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Shared reading (35%) , Assignment 2 - Language and Literacy (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX823 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood.

This unit will explore what language is and how it develops in early childhood from birth to eight years of age. The relationship between language, learning and culture will be investigated. Students will consider different definitions of literacy and examine how oral language in the early years of life relates to subsequent knowledge of written, visual and aural texts. Issues to be addressed include how to create a language and literacy rich environment and the central role of adults in supporting children's language and literacy development in a range of contexts.

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

  1. use appropriate metalanguage when analysing language structure and function
  2. demonstrate understanding of the relationship between oral language, adult-child interaction and literacy development
  3. evaluate early childhood settings in terms of their potential to facilitate children’s language and literacy development
  4. formulate appropriate pedagogical strategies and practices for promoting the language and literacy development of children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  5. use peer reviewed research to justify your ideas and professional decision making in relation to language, culture and identity for children and families
  6. use appropriate academic language to express ideas and arguments clearly and coherently. 
  • Assignment 1 — Shared reading (35%)
  • Assignment 2 — Language and Literacy (35%)
  • Assignment 3 — Literature review (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ECEX823 — Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

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.

  • Other special requirement — Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

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.

1Introduction to the unit
2Learning language: infants and toddlers
3Learning language: children from 3 to 5 years
4Emergent literacy (1)
5Emergent literacy (2)
6Multimodal and critical literacy
7Picture books as pedagogic texts
8Language, literacy and bilingualism
9Language, literacy and culture
10Strategies for supporting literacy development in the early years
11Authentic language and literacy assessment in the early years
12Language and literacy: difference and disability
13Reflections on learning from this unit

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web 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.

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Required textbooks

  • So Much More Than the ABCs - The Early Phases of Reading


    ISBN: 9781928896883


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