Course Title: Early Literacy Foundation to Year 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Early Literacy Foundation to Year 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Jan Senior

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7808

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You will learn how literacy is developed in the early years of schooling by conducting a case study of one learner. You will explore the components of language and literacy (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing) and strategies for observing and assessing learning needs to extend literacy learning. You will expand your repertoire of professional literature and investigate Information Communication Technology (ICT) in literacy learning, home and school literacy practices, the literate environment and the diversity of learners. You will also review current literacy programs in educational settings and new government initiatives.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the development of oral language, reading and writing to maximise literacy learning practices
  2. Redesign and develop literacy teaching strategies, curriculum materials and assessment practices appropriate to a variety of early years contexts
  3. Observe, record, analyse and report information on a literacy learner
  4. Incorporate effective and strategic Information Communication Technology (ICT) with a critical awareness of its impact
  5. Engage in personal professional literacy learning in relation to literacy issues, with particular emphasis on locating and evaluating appropriate contemporary academic research

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.
  • Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.   The prescribed text for this course will be the current edition of Winch, G., Ross Johnson, R., March, P., Ljungdahl, L., & Holliday, M. (2014). Literacy: reading, writing and children’s literature (5th ed.). South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.   In addition you will be provided with a list of suggested readings drawn from books, journal articles, websites and reports.   The University Library has extensive resources for teacher education students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies-  Education Library Guides   The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.   Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups.    Assessment Task 1: Preparing a Case Study of an Early Years Literacy Learner, 40% Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 and 4.   Assessment Task 2: Literacy Learning Resource, 40% Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 and 3.   Assessment Task 3: Professional Literacy profile, 20% Course Learning Outcomes: 5.   Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online. Information on assessment can be found at: