Language & Literacy Development

Subject EDUC90506 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

50% online and 50% intensive on Parkville Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 hours on-line + 18 hours lectures/workshops.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject addresses contemporary theories and research into the processes involved in the acquisition of language, communication and literacy development in typically developing children throughout the early childhood and primary school years; the effects of language delay and disorder or hearing loss on the interrelationship of these processes; the development of sign language; observation, classification and assessment of communication in infants, preschoolers and primary-aged students; parent-child and teacher-child interaction; literacy assessment.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to evaluate and synthesise research findings;
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to integrate theory and practice;
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of language and literacy development;
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to articulate subject knowledge in oral and written presentations.
  • Tasks for on-line modules 1-4, Due week 4 (10%)
  • Tasks for on-line modules 5-8, Due week 7 (20%)
  • Tasks for on-line modules 9-12, Due week 10 (20%)
  • A written essay (2000 words), Due end of semester (50%)

Assignments submitted after the due date without an approved extension will result in an academic penalty of a 5% deduction for each day the assignment is late.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the development of early communication, language, speech and early literacy in children with language delay, language disorder or hearing loss;
  • Use a variety of techniques for the informal assessment of communication, language and early literacy in young children;
  • Assess parent-child interaction;
  • Critically evaluate research into parent-child interaction.
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Language Intervention and Hearing Impairment)
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (LI&HI)

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