Course Title: Languages and Literacies in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Languages and Literacies in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Aleksandra Acker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7830

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.02.41

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a course that focuses on some of the language and literacy codes of our culture including language, speech, communication, music and the visual arts. This course covers current theories of language development and literacy awareness, curriculum practices that facilitate children’s language learning and strategies that support the provision of a language rich environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Develop suitable strategies to enhance children’s communicative abilities.
• Study the role of the family in supporting the use of symbolic languages.

Upon completion of this course student will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of how language/s grow.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and importance of language/s, literature and the expressive arts in early childhood.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between language/s and culture.
• Demonstrate knowledge of suitable experiences and strategies for enhancing children’s language and literacy growth.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understanding of the role of ICT in society and the implications for education.
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers know their students.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorial discussions, readings, self-directed research, practical experience, case studies, written work and presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be involved in weekly lectures/tutorials and workshops. The course offers opportunities for self directed study, embedded practicum and the assessment requirements provide for both practical and theoretical learning.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, observations, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.