Early Childhood Literacies
Explore the relationship between home literacy practices and those in early childhood settings. Focus on linguistic and cultural diversity by learning to recognise children’s individual, social, and cultural ways of knowing.
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- 30 May 2022
- 28 Nov 2022
QS RANKING 2022
Times Higher Education Ranking 2022
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- critique perspectives on teaching and learning of language and literacy in the early years
- interpret children’s learning in language and literacy events
- appraise the value of multi-literacies in sustaining children’s communications
- analyse the relationship between home literacy practices and the practices of early childhood settings
- design a literacy-rich environment for learning.
- 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
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- CUR-EDE332-Early Childhood Literacies (No longer available)
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
- CUR-EDC235-Teaching Language, Literacy and Literature in Junior Primary
- CUR-EDC231-Teaching Language and Literacy in Junior Primary (No longer available)
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
You don't have to enrol in this subject if you have completed EDE106 Language and Multiliteracies (Birth-5 years) as they are considered equivalents.
No additional requirements
This subject was previously known as EDE332 Early Childhood Literacies.
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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- Case Study (50%)
- Essay (50%)
Current study term: 28 Nov 21 to 27 Feb 22
Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education: Issues, Challenges and Solutions
McLachlan, C., et al.
Learning Literacies Birth to Three: Positive Approaches for Early Childhood Educators
Makin, L., and Spedding, S.
Next study term: 29 May 22 to 28 Aug 22
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