EDUC5504 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth), schoolMulti-mode
Students examine language and literacy development and learning in young children, as well as a range of key literacy teaching practices including effective strategies for teaching 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) digital teaching resource; (2) test; and (3) planning task 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 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 (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.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.