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Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

Postgraduate | MAQ-ECHX8230 | 2024

Previously MAQ-ECHX823

Inquire what language is and how it develops in early childhood from 0-8 years. Understand the relationship between oral language, adult-child interaction, and formulate pedagogical strategies for children from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Use appropriate metalanguage when analysing language structure and function
    2. Apply knowledge of the relationship between oral language, adult-child interaction and literacy development.
    3. Critically evaluate early childhood settings in terms of language and literacy development
    4. Employ and develop pedagogical strategies for promoting language and literacy development.
    5. Use peer reviewed research to justify decision making.
    6. Use academic language appropriately to express ideas and arguments .

Entry requirements

Prior study

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

one of

  • MAQ-ECHX600 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECEX600 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECHX6000-Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy (no longer available)

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ECHX823 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECEX823 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) ECED823, ECED880, ECEX823, ECHX823
NCCW ECHE8230 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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