Foundations of Language

Description

Introduces students to the study of children's language and literature: how children acquire language, its communicative function and the structure it has that enables language to work. It introduces basic language concepts, and looks at the different levels of language analysis, language variation, acquisition of spoken and written language, the analysis of English sentence structure, basic structural concepts in children's literature, different genres and text types in children's literature, and the role of children's literature in developing literacy.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of the nature of language as the human communication system

2. An understanding of the basic principles of English sentence structure, and the ability to analyse simple English clause structures and to identify the functions of component parts of clauses

3. An awareness of the interpersonal functions and social meanings associated with variation and choice in language use

4. An awareness of differences in language variety and text types which result from choice of medium, function, or social context

5. An understanding of the processes involved in children's acquisition of language and in the development of literacy

6. An awareness of alternative theories of language learning processes

7. An awareness of a wide range of texts including literary, factual and multimedia texts

8. An understanding of literature that gives insights into Aboriginal, multicultural and children's experiences

Content

Topics to be covered in this course include:

  1. The nature of language as a human communication system
  2. Structure of English: introduction to the study of English sentence structure including the grammatical functions of the noun phrase and the verbal systems of tense and voice
  3. Language in society: social variation in language use; the social meaning of language choice; "standard" and "non-standard" varieties of English
  4. Spoken and written language - detailed investigation of similarities and differences
  5. Language and text: study of various text types; coherence and cohesion in written language
  6. Language acquisition: studies of child language acquisition
  7. Acquisition of literacy: reading; writing; spelling; analysis of children's output
  8. The role of children's literature in developing literacy
  9. Structural analysis of children's literature
  10. Genres in children's literature

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING1401. Students who have successfully completed LING1401 are not eligible to enrol in LING1110.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Teaching (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