Course Title: Language and Literacies in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Language and Literacies in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Aleksandra Acker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7830

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on some of the language and literacy codes of our culture including language, speech, communication, music and the visual arts. You will explore 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

Program learning outcomes

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.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying problem solving strategies in diverse educational contexts.

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

  • Explain how language/s grow and analyse the relationship between language and culture relevant to early learning contexts
  • Explain the nature and importance of language/s, literature and the expressive arts in early childhood. 
  • Critically evaluate the relationships between language/s and the role of family in supporting the use of language and culture. 
  • Analyse the factors influencing children’s language development, communicative skills and literacy growth
  • Develop teaching strategies to provide a rich language environment to support children’s language development.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will involve a range of activities such as online/ face-to-face lectures, group discussion, group activities, readings, critical analysis, reflection, and individual research. For students enrolled in the face-to-face learning mode, there will be face-to face lectures, tutorials and class discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources including, books, journal articles and web resources will be provided by your lecturer. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for School of Education students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. 
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Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated outcomes and will be both theoretical and practical in nature.  A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course.

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.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1