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ECE300 - Language and Literacy Development

Offering information:

*Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offered through intensive mode

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)*, Warrnambool*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E420 and E421 only)
Unit chair:S Ohi


Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies via Cloud (online) but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).


The unit consists of two modules, one based on language development and the other on literacy development. Students learn to monitor children’s language and literacy development and plan experiences that facilitate that development. Students learn about aspects of language development including phonological, lexical, grammatical and conversational development, the role of adult child interaction in children’s language learning, and appropriate activities for language development in early childhood settings. Students learn about aspects of early literacy including: the importance of home literacy practices, access to quality children’s literature and digital texts, storytelling, concepts about print, knowledge of the alphabet, phonemic awareness, and control of writing implements. Students learn strategies appropriate for the diverse needs of individual learners. They learn to communicate with parents and caregivers about children’s language and literacy development.


Task 1: Oral language development.

Assessment consists of four portfolio tasks based on observation and recording in an early childhood setting of children’s oral language development and interaction between children and their carers together with a 700-800 word discussion summarising and reflecting on what students have learned from these observations. (50%)


Task 2: Literacy development. Assessment consists of four portfolio tasks, based on observation in an early childhood setting of children’s literacy development, interaction with parents and review of early childhood literacy learning materials, together with a 700-800 word discussion summarising and reflecting on has been learned from those observations. (50%)


Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent

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