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ECI230 - Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 3: Off Shore

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:L Paatsch



Students must be enrolled in course E331

Incompatible with: ECE230
Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students are also required to attend 5 x 4 hour intensives.


This unit provides students with an in depth understanding of how language and emergent literacy develop in infants and young children including bilingualism issues. Students investigate theories and approaches to supporting early language and literacy development in children from birth to 8 years and consider their implications for practice. They also learn to assess, monitor and plan for children’s language and literacy development. Topics covered include definitions of language and literacy, the components of spoken language, language development, bilingualism issues, the role of adult-child interaction in children’s language learning, the importance of home literacy practices, accessing quality children’s literature and digital texts, storytelling, concepts about print, knowledge of the alphabet, phonemic and phonological awareness and mastering control of writing implements. Students become familiar with how to plan engaging learning experiences and environments as a means of nurturing children’s development in these areas with the ultimate goal being that children will become effective communicators.


Task 1: Oral language development, 50%, 2000 words

Task 2: Literacy development, 50%, 2000 words

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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