EDUC5504 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth), schoolMulti-mode
Students examine concepts of language development and the components of language, as well as a range of key literacy teaching practices including strategies for teaching reading and writing, speaking and listening. Students also learn about key foundational skills including phonological awareness and phonics knowledge as well as explore a range of texts that are important in early childhood literacy learning contexts, including children's literature, informational texts, multimedia texts, rhymes and songs. The role of technology in literacy teaching and learning is highlighted.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge about and skills in the teaching of written and multimedia literacies in early childhood; (2) account for the development of oral language and the role of the teacher and caregiver in supporting speaking and listening development (birth to eight); (3) design learning experiences to support literacy learning; (4) describe a range of strategies for involving parents in the educative process; (5) evaluate literacy teaching practices on the basis of research evidence; (6) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for the documentation and assessment of literacy; (7) develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge, skills and pedagogies appropriate to this area of learning; and (8) critically evaluate theoretical and research literature appropriate to the learning area.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1 (create e-book); (2) test (parts 1, 2 and 3); and (3) assignment 2. 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 assignment 1 (create e-book), test (parts 1, 2 and 3), and assignment 2 components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Grace Oakley
Contact hours
30 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.