Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


Students examine language and literacy development and learning in young children, as well as a range of practices for teaching and assessing reading and writing, speaking and listening, and viewing. Students also learn about key foundational skills such as phonological awareness and phonics knowledge as well as exploring a range of resources that are important in early childhood literacy learning and teaching contexts, including children's literature, informational texts, multimedia and digital texts, rhymes and songs.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of young children's language and literacy development and learning; (2) demonstrate knowledge of relevant curriculum documents and of a range of pedagogical approaches and resources for teaching language and literacy in early childhood; (3) design and justify learning experiences to support young children's language and literacy learning; (4) describe and evaluate a range of strategies for involving parents in children's language and literacy learning; (5) evaluate literacy teaching practices and resources on the basis of theoretical perspectives and research on literacy teaching and learning; and (6) describe and evaluate strategies for the documentation and assessment of language and literacy in early childhood.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation (group assessment); (2) planning task, digital resource, and rationale; and (3) quiz on phonics/phonological awareness concepts. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the oral presentation (group assessment), planning task, digital resource, and rationale, and quiz on phonics/phonological awareness concepts components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Grace Oakley
Contact hours
30 hours (online and face to face)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.