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Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

  • Qualification:

    Postgraduate unit

  • Study mode:

    Online

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    14 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Macquarie University

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About this unit

Language and Literacy in Early Childhood is an online unit which examines the nature of language and how it develops from birth to eight years of age. Provided by Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia, it investigates how oral language and adult-child interaction in early childhood relate to subsequent understanding of written, visual and aural texts.

From a theoretical standpoint, you will consider different definitions of literacy and apply appropriate metalanguage when analysing language structure and function. On a more practical level, you will formulate appropriate pedagogical practises for promoting language and literacy development.

In addition, the unit considers how different strategies could be applied to create literacy-rich environments for children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Eligibility

You must have successfully completed the following unit before starting this unit:

  • Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following course:

  • Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

Areas of study

In the Language and Literacy in Early Childhood unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to the unit
  • Learning language: infants and toddlers
  • Learning language: children from 3 to 5 years
  • Emergent literacy (1)
  • Emergent literacy (2)
  • Multimodal and critical literacy
  • Picture books as pedagogic texts
  • Language, literacy and bilingualism
  • Language, literacy and culture
  • Strategies for supporting literacy development in the early years
  • Authentic language and literacy assessment in the early years
  • Language and literacy: difference and disability
  • Reflections on learning from this unit

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years), Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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Career outcomes

How will this unit advance my career?

Language and Literacy in Early Children is an essential unit for anyone seeking to pursue a career in teaching young children. The unit will equip you with the skills to encourage early childhood literacy in a range of settings, and will expand your awareness of the importance of early childhood development. In addition, it will help you understand complex issues relating to language and how it is adopted.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Language and Literacy in Early Childhood from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

     

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Payment options & support

Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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