The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

This course introduces students to the study of language, with particular reference to children's language, to equip future teachers with an understanding of how children learn to read, write, speak, listen, respond and represent in supportive and stimulating environments. Teaching literacy skills in the digital age is a complex scenario in many Australia early childhood centres and schools, and it is important to ensure focus is given in teacher education courses to a wide range of socio-economic factors and cultural diversity. This course will provide grounding in language and literacy which is inclusive and which will serve as a foundation for a balanced approach to teaching and learning. The course will also challenge pre-service teachers to think about how literacy practices are changing in the twenty-first century, from print based to multimodal and digital.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING1100 and LING1110. Students who have successfully completed LING1100 or LING1110 are not eligible to enrol in LING1000.


Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the relationship between English speech sounds and spelling and the differences between sounds of adult and children's speech

2. Explain English sentence structure, including the analysis of simple and complex clause structures

3. List the stages and characteristics of children's language acquisition from birth to age 12

4. Apply knowledge of speech sounds and grammatical structure in assessing the suitability of learning materials for literacies development

5. Present both a descriptive and a prescriptive explanation for given examples of English variation

6. Recognise both the advantages and challenges of multilingualism

7. Describe the characteristics of a range of texts, including imaginative, informative and persuasive texts


Content

Topics to be covered in this course include:

1. General terminology of speech production, with reference to children’s speech and the relationship between English sounds and spelling  

2. Structure of English including basic phrase and clause structure, subordinate clause types and the structure and use of the passive voice  

3. Language acquisition: theoretical perspectives, the main stages and characteristics of child language acquisition  

4. Acquisition of literacies: reading; writing; spelling; visual literacy; intercultural literacy; engagement with multimodal text types; analysis of children's output  

5. The difference between a descriptive and a prescriptive approach to language variation, with an emphasis on diversity  

6. Scaffolding linguistic and cultural inclusion of English as Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) and languages other than English (LOTEs) students  

7. Spoken, written and multimodal language – detailed investigation of similarities and differences


Requisite

Students must be active in one of 40105 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary), 40106 Bachelor of Education (Primary), 40109 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours), 40110 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) to enrol in this course. If you have successfully completed LING1100 or LING1110 you cannot enrol in this course.


Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online multiple choice assignments (30%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study (25%)

Formal Examination: Formal examination - closed book examination (35%)

Participation: Completion of check point quizzes (10%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Ourimbah

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Online

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Tutorial

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1