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Language and Literacies in the Early Years (EDN461)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit aims to prepare students for the teaching of language and literacies in the early years - children aged birth to five years. It will build on the understandings, knowledge and skills developed in the English curriculum units and in the early childhood units.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to: 1. Recognise the influential theories of language acquisition and literacies 2. Identify the Australian Curriculum English and the Early Years Learning Framework pedagogy, practice and outcomes relevant to language development and literacies in the early years; 3. Recognise the diverse strategies and resources that can be used to scaffold, monitor, and evaluate children's language and literacies (including strategies for early intervention); 4. Explain the relationship between cultural, linguistic and family diversity and its impact on language and literacies in the early years (including transition to school); and 5. Acquire professional skills and knowledge necessary for the planning and provision of an integrated programme (that includes play) to engage young children in language and literacies activities.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; 1 workshop: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Murdoch is committed to the average student spending approximately 10 hours per week per unit; hence your commitment to this unit should include an appropriate amount of private study and reading. The use of the online mode of this unit encourages all students to share their learning via discussion. Audio visual and online videos will be incorporated according to their relevance to the topics each week.
Other Learning Experiences To complete Assignment 1 students will undertake a child case study with a child aged 3 years (36-47 months). To complete Assignment 2 students will need to conduct fieldwork in a school-based early childhood classroom (Kindergarten or Pre-Primary). Details are provided in the Unit Information and Learning Guide which will be available online at the commencement of the semester. re).
Assessment In this unit you will be required to undertake two assignments and an exam. Assignment One is an Essay weighted at 40%. Assignment Two is a Fieldwork Report weighted at 30%. The final exam is weighted at 30%. Detailed feedback on your assignments will be provided by your tutor.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Early Childhood 0-8 (BEd), OR the Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (BEd), OR Primary Teaching BEd and successful completion of EDN113 Living and Learning with Technology, BED150 Understanding Teachers' Work, EDN235 Teaching English and Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary AND EDN355 Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN421 Literacies in the Early Years may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'Literacies and Numeracy in Early Years 1'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Appears in these Minors English and Literacy Education
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Sandra Hesterman
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6305
e: S.Hesterman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.020A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Dr Sandra Hesterman
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6305
e: S.Hesterman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.020A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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