EDUC5504 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyMulti-mode
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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of young children's language and literacy development and learning; (2) demonstrate knowledge 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 on literacy teaching and learning and research evidence; and (6) describe and evaluate strategies for the documentation and assessment of language and literacy in early childhood, including moderation processes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) test; and (3) planning task, digital resource, and rationale. 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 digital teaching resource, test, and planning task and rationale components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Grace Oakley
Contact hours
30 hours (online and face to face)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.