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ECL400 - Primary Language Education 1

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

Pipelining from 2010- for continuing students only.

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E356, E365 and E356P only)
Unit chair:M Wells




Incompatible with:

ECJ411, ECL200, ECL210, ELE452

Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit focuses on teaching the early years of literacy (P-3).
This unit includes: planning and teaching literacy sessions and routines within the structure recommended by local educational systems; understanding assessment strategies appropriate to early years literacy and using information derived from assessment as a basis for planning responsive teaching; the early development of language and literacy across different cultural groups and the implications of this development for home school transition; focussing on information and communication technologies as forms of literacy; identification of enjoyable and motivating resources for the teaching of early years literacy, including picture story books, trade books, and popular culture, oral and visual texts; helping learners to take a critical approach to the ideological nature of text production and consumption; and professional preparation for teaching early years literacy.


This unit is assessed by six portfolio tasks submitted online:

Task One - Small group reading observation 20% Students observe and record a teacher in a primary school teaching a reading session with a small group of students in Years 1, 2 or 3.

Task Two - Writing assessment 15% Students assess a text written by an early years student.

Task Three - Writing plan 15% Students prepare a plan for a short writing mini lesson.

Task Four - Phonemic and phonological awareness 15% This task is based on the audio recording of a child taking a reading assessment. Students write a report for the classroom teacher about the child's abilities in phonemic and phonological awareness and give an example of a teaching activity appropriate for the child's needs and level of development.

Task Five - Running record 15% Students take and score a running record of the child’s reading based on a child’s reading.

Task Six - Response to a picture story book 20% Students choose a quality children’s picture storybook or digital text, suitable for children at level 2 and design a learning centre to be used as a follow up to a shared reading of this book or resource.

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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