Early Language and Literacy

Subject EDUC90705 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 22-Feb-2016 to 20-May-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2016
Census Date 18-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Master of Teaching (Early Years)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Assoc Prof Tricia Eadie



Subject Overview:

This subject investigates the ways in which children learn language and literacy, and the centrality of language and literacy for learning. Topics will include: social context of language, language as symbolisation; language at home, early reading and writing; language, literacy and play; development of narrative; language, literacy and literature; multiliteracies; language assessment for learning and ICT as a tool to support language and literacy learning.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary research in early language and literacy development and the relevance of this research to practice;
  • Understand the function and form of spoken and written language and the importance of symbolisation;
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate creative and integrated pedagogies for language and literacy learning;
  • Create a language- and print-rich environment within a range of early childhood contexts;
  • Demonstrate an ability to design and implement diverse language and literacy curricula as part of an integrated early childhood program;
  • Identify and address the language and literacy learning needs of individual children across the early childhood years, and in a range of contexts.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use ICT techniques and processes to support children’s diverse language learning needs.
  • 5 reports totalling 1500 words, due throughout the semester, 50%
  • One essay of 2500 words, due end of semester, 50%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

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 will be able to:

  • Demonstrate high level analytical skills in the critique of contemporary theory and practice;
  • Demonstrate evidence-based decision making in pedagogical practices;
  • Have the ability and confidence to participate effectively in collaborative learning contexts, while respecting individual differences;
  • Reflect on their own learning and pedagogic competencies;
  • Demonstrate evidence of using advanced communication technologies to support children’s diverse language learning needs as well as their professional research and learning.
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Early Years)

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