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ECL3100 Intercultural Communication in Early Learning Contexts

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022


Enrolment is not permitted in ECL3100 if EDE4012 has been previously completed


Successful two-way communication is central to effective learning and teaching in early learning contexts and participation in the community. Typically, the curriculum is delivered in the English language but in mainstream learning contexts many children, including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) backgrounds, have home or first languages/dialects different from the language of instruction. Understanding the nature of language as a system operating within different socio-cultural contexts and how to teach English as a second language or dialect is key for diverse learning contexts.

While learners who have English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) need to learn the language of instruction, learning about the culture of the target language is also important. Similarly, for effective intercultural communication, culturally competent educators understand their own language and culture, and focus on respectful interactions and interpretations of histories, cultures, languages, traditions and child rearing practices of the families attending the learning context.

This course examines the relationship of language, culture and communication in early childhood and early learning contexts.

The course engages pre-service educators in critical reflection pertaining to their own culture and intercultural experiences. Reconciliation work in the field of early childhood will underpin an examination of relevant curricula, pedagogical beliefs, values and practices.

The course also provides an introduction to EAL/D teaching and EAL/D learning, development and assessment. Strategies to support effective intercultural communication in early years learning contexts, and EAL/D children's English language development, are explored with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and South-East Asian cultures. Criteria for selection and production of materials designed to develop children's communicative skills, including the use of ICTs in EAL/D programs are considered.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 3, 2022 Online
Date printed 18 May 2022