Course Title: Languages and Literacies in Early Childhood Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Languages and Literacies in Early Childhood Education

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Aleksandra Acker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7830

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore how children gain an understanding of spoken and written language, are socialised into culture, gain the ability to think symbolically and develop imaginative abilities and a theory of mind. You will focus on language and literacy codes including: pre-verbal language, speech, communication and literacy awareness. You will be introduced to current theories of language development, literacy in the early years and socio cultural theories on the growth of languages within relational contexts. Pedagogical practices that facilitate language, literacy and an appreciation of literatures across cultures will be explored. You will learn to design environments and learning experiences that are language rich and promote an aesthetic appreciation of a variety of narrative styles.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Your learning in this course is focused on development of the following program level capabilities.

  • 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.

At the conclusion of this course you will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop a comprehension of language development years birth to eight
  • Apply knowledge of language growth to pedagogical practice
  • Investigate the role of the family in supporting the use of symbolic languages
  • Design and evaluate language learning environments that promote appreciation of different narrative styles in early childhood settings
  • Analyse the relationship between use of languages and culture.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in: theory lectures, workshops to explore use of materials, practice in designing high quality language environments in tutorials, discussion on experiences encountered in professional practice, linking the National Framework Communication Learning Outcome to activities presented in workshops and tutorials.

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 will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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 will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

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