Language in Early Childhood

Description

This course introduces students to the study of language with particular reference to young children: how children acquire language, its communicative function, its structure, how that structure enables them to work, and the ways in which language is used. It introduces basic linguistic concepts, English sounds and their relationship to the spelling system, basic sentence structure, language variation in Australia, and relationships between oral and written language.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the nature of language as the human communication system

2. Describe the basic structure of English, with particular reference to the requirements set out in approved early childhood education sites

3. Discuss the processes involved in young children's acquisition of language and the implications that this has for the development of literacy

4. Discuss the interpersonal functions and social meanings associated with variation and choice in language use

5. Discuss the differences in language variety and text types that are likely to be encountered by young children

6. Demonstrate an awareness of a wide range of texts including literary, factual and multimedia texts

7. Demonstrate an understanding of literature that gives insights into Aboriginal, multicultural and children's experiences.

Content

Topics to be covered in this course include:

  1. Basic concepts in Linguistics: the nature of language as a human communication system
  2. Structure of English: introduction to the study of English sentence structure with particular reference to the requirements set out in approved early childhood education sites
  3. Sounds of English: introduction to the study of English sounds and pronunciation; differences between sounds and spelling
  4. Spoken and written language; text types and genres in early childhood contexts
  5. Language acquisition: young children's language development from 0-8
  6. Emergence and acquisition of literacy: writing, reading, spelling
  7. Language in sociocultural context: variations in language use; the social meanings of such variation; "standard" and "non-standard" varieties of English; contexts of language usage

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING1401. Students who have successfully completed LING1401 are not eligible to enrol in LING1100.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, Bachelor of Early Childhood Teach or Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) programs.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Online multiple choice assignments

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Formal Examination: Exam

Contact Hours

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 1