The ability to communicate effectively in a range of different contexts and for different purposes is central to children's life chances. This unit of study enables students to begin to develop understandings, knowledge and skills about the language development of young children. It will provide key ideas about how young children begin to make meaning from the moment they are born as they learn to talk, listen and interact with those around them, Through lectures, workshops, readings, and other activities, the theoretical ideas and practical knowledge required to guide young children's learning of language and emergent literacy practices are examined. Students will learn how to listen carefully to young children's language and analyse their development intelligently. The unit also emphasises the centrality of providing rich language arts experiences including quality literary texts in early childhood settings. The intersections between play and language development are carefully explored. Pre-service early childhood teachers are encouraged to further develop their own interest in language and literature, and to reflect on how they can partner with parents and caregivers to help children learn through and about language. Making a difference for those children who experience delay/ difficulty with language will also be addressed.
1hr lecture, 2-hr seminar/workshop for 12 weeks
Picture Book Portfolio and Curriculum Planning 2500wd; Analytical Report 2000wd
Ewing, R, Callow, J and Rushton, K (2016). Language and literacy development in early childhood. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.