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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Bradshaw


This unit will provide an introduction to issues in language in education including, reading, writing, early childhood literacy, tertiary literacy and classroom practices. Literacies in media and computer communication contexts will be investigated including the language of hypertext, 'reading' in CMC, television and video discourse, and the ethical issues of access, participation and democratisation will also be explored. These topics help frame understandings about the measurement, acquisition, absence and change for literacies in communication contexts.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Engage in informed debate on the relationship between literacy and cognition.

  1. Identify the attributes of major writing systems of the world.

  1. Describe the spoken-written language continuum and the features of computer-mediated communication.

  1. Outline the stages of literacy development in young children.

  1. Assess the effects of schooled literacy, second language literacy, and biliteracy.

  1. Use ethnographic methods to study of literacy events.

  1. Assess the cultural impact of electronic literacy.


Written work: 90%
Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



A first-year sequence in Linguistics, English or Communication and 12 points of Linguistics, English or Communication at second-year level.