This course will explore current research on young children's expressive and receptive verbal, non-verbal, and written communication (including drawing). The course will explore pedagogical approaches for developing children's multimodal communication, and how to interpret and analyse data gathered through different forms of observation and assessment. The course will encourage participants to understand communication as a social and cultural practice.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
- Semester 1 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Identify a range of multi-modal texts designed for birth-5 year olds;
2. Identify young children's expressive and receptive verbal, non-verbal language using knowledge of metalanguage;
3. Apply knowledge of emergent language and early literacy learning to plan engaging activities for young children birth-2 years;
4. Apply knowledge of language and early literacy learning to plan engaging activities for young children 3-5 years;
5. Interpret and analyse data gathered through different forms of observation and assessment of young children's literacies
6. Discuss how the diverse language backgrounds of children's communication is influenced and shaped by literacy practices at home as well as their immediate social and cultural environments.
- Stages in children's expressive and receptive language development (Verbal, non-verbal and writing and drawing).
- Strategies for effective communication with young children.
- Activities for children that promote the development of multimodal communication skills.
- Identification of atypical language development.
- Strategies for supporting children's literacy needs.
- Behaviour as a form of communication.
- Observation and assessment of children's communicative development.
- Linguistic diversity and communication as a social and cultural practice.
- Literacy practices in the home and their impact on communicative development.
Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of
- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or
- 80 units of UoN courses or
- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or
- Commencement in the program pre 2016
Students must also be active in one of the programs:
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) 
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) 
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) .
Written Assignment: Assessment 1A Essays/Written Assignments
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Assessment 1B Case Studies
In Term Test: Assessment 2 In class test
Callaghan and Ourimbah
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks
*Week 13 will be an in class test. Please refer to your course outline for further information
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
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