Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
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.
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- 27 Jul 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Use appropriate metalanguage when analysing language structure and function
- Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between oral language, adult-child interaction and literacy development
- Evaluate early childhood settings in terms of their potential to facilitate children’s language and literacy development
- Formulate appropriate pedagogical strategies and practices for promoting the language and literacy development of children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
- Use peer reviewed research to justify your ideas and professional decision making in relation to language, culture and identity for children and families
- Use appropriate academic language to express ideas and arguments clearly and coherently.
- 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
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
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Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.
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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as ECHX823 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.
- Shared reading (35%)
- Fostering infant-toddler lanague and literacy in ECEC settings (35%)
- Literature Review (30%)
So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing
Schickedanz, J. A., & Collins, M. F.