ECE230 - Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E330, E333 or E334


Students must have passed 5 credit points at level 1



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hour online podcasts/videos per non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks), 1 x conference per trimester

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2-hour online seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks) and 1 x 1-hour online podcasts/videos per non-placement teaching weeks, 1 x conference per trimester


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery



This unit aims to provide students with an in depth understanding of how language and emergent literacy develop in infants and young children. Students investigate theories and approaches to supporting early language and literacy development in children from birth to 4-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, 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 provide supportive environments as a means of nurturing children’s development in these areas, with the ultimate goal being that children will become effective communicators.

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