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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Literacy acquisition in the early years
    • Sharing spoken language with children birth - 5 years: Communication
    • Storytelling experiences: contexts, strategies, and resources for reading
    • Sound foundations for learning literacy: perspectives and approaches
    • Emergent literacy: Signs, markings and writing
    • Multiliteracies: Children as communicators
    • Observing and listening to children: Engaging in literacy events
    • Documenting children's literacy learning: Authentic assessment
    • Literacy as a social practice: families, cultures and communities
    • Creating literacy-enriched early childhood settings: Intentional teaching
    • Transitions to primary school: communities of readers and writers
    • Honouring diversity in language and literacies
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Case Study (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (40%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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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