|Short Description:||Early Language & Literacy|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||National Priority - Teaching|
|ASCED code :||070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||29 October 2020|
Enrolment is not permitted in ECL1100 if EDX3270 has been previously completed.
Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.
This course provides an introduction to theories of language development and learning. The course focuses specifically on children's language and literacy development in the years prior to schooling. Key aspects of pre-linguistic communication and oral language development in infancy and early childhood will be explored, including affective, embodied, linguistic, representational and intersubjective communication. The role of symbolic and imaginative play in young children's development of communicative skills, relational learning and meaning-making will be considered. The course will address the role of familial, cultural and educational contexts in providing a diverse range of language and literacy experiences in the early years. Pre-service educators will consider how the theories of language development and learning covered in the course inform pedagogic approaches to fostering young children's development of oral language and early literacy learning.