Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the relationship between language and literacy development and the impact of hearing loss on the child's acquisition of both language and literacy skills. The content covers the structure and function of language, theoretical frameworks related to first language acquisition, language development milestones, and concepts and principles of literacy development.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the typical development of language and communication and the impact of hearing loss;

2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of how speaking, listening, reading, writing and thinking are interrelated and developmental processes;

3. Identify and administer appropriate language and literacy assessment for children with hearing loss;

4. Demonstrate advanced understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning;

5. Demonstrate advanced understanding of assessment moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning;

6. Demonstrate advanced capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.


Topics will include:

1.    The properties and components of language: phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics;

2.    Language acquisition;

3.    Neurological, cognitive, perceptual and motor bases of language and communication development and associated influence of hearing loss;

4.    Social and communicative bases of early language development and associated influence of hearing loss;

5.    Early language learning and teaching: A first language and associated influence of hearing loss;

6.    Preschool age development of language: Language milestones in syntax, semantics and pragmatics;

7.    School-age language development and language delay and associated influence of hearing loss;

8.    Overview of second language learning and bilingualism (including sign bilingualism);

9.    Perspectives on reading: review of major literacy frameworks and models;

10.   The development of literacy: form, meaning, phonological and phonemic awareness;

11.   Assessment of language; and

12.   Assessment of literacy.


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed EDUC6052 and EDUC6053.

Assumed knowledge

EDUC6052 and EDUC6053

Assessment items

Essay: Essay - 30%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study - 50%

Quiz: Online Quiz - 20%

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 9 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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