Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to the unit
    • Learning language: infants and toddlers
    • Learning language: children from 3 to 5 years
    • Emergent literacy (1)
    • Emergent literacy (2)
    • Multimodal and critical literacy
    • Picture books as pedagogic texts
    • Language, literacy and bilingualism
    • Language, literacy and culture
    • Strategies for supporting literacy development in the early years
    • Authentic language and literacy assessment in the early years
    • Language and literacy: difference and disability
    • Reflections on learning from this unit
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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%)

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

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MAQ-ECEX823

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject 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.

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