Foundations of Language

Course code LING1110Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Introduces students to the study of children's language and literature: how children acquire language, its communicative function, 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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. 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
ContentTopics 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)LING1401 Language and linguistics.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo assumed knowledge.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalExamination 35%
Other: (please specify)3 x assignment @ 10% each (30%)
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesCase study 35%
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentB Teaching / B Arts OR
B Teaching / B Social Science
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LING1110