Language & Literacy Development

Subject EDUC90506 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 28-Feb-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 hours online and 24 hours lectures/workshops
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.
  • Response to online modules (750 words equivalent) Due throughout semester 15%
  • Review of a journal article (750 words) Due early semester 15%
  • Written essay (2500 words) Due late semester 50%
  • Descriptive analysis of language and communication (1000 words) Due end of semester 20%

There is one hurdle requirement. Description of an aspect of language development, due mid semester.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
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 communication, language, speech and literacy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of a hearing-loss on the development of communication, language, speech and literacy;
  • Use a variety of techniques for the informal assessment of communication, language and early literacy in young children;
  • Assess parent-child interaction, identifying areas of need;
  • Critically evaluate research into parent-child interaction and language and literacy development;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different perspectives of deafness, the range of educational settings available to support students with a hearing loss and communication modes.

Related Course(s): Master of Education (Language Intervention and Hearing Impairment)
Master of Education (Stream 100A) Coursework and Thesis A
Master of Learning Intervention
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (LI&HI)

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