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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Anne Keary (Berwick); Dr Jane Kirkby (Peninsula)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides an introduction to the major influences on language and literacy development in young children. Students explore the importance of understanding the connections between home, community and school literate practices for the teaching and learning of literacy in school. They examine relevant theoretical models and teaching approaches, and focus on the range of ways young children encounter and use symbol systems whilst exploring their diverse everyday worlds and building their literacy skills. Students critically engage with current research, practice and policy in literacy in multiple contexts. They begin to develop pedagogical tools that will enable them to support children's literacy learning in the early years of school and assess children's learning. They develop understanding of relevant local and national curriculum for schools.


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

  1. understand the connections between home, community and school literacy practices for the teaching and learning of literacy
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of key theoretical and practical teaching approaches related to young children's language and literacy development
  3. develop a range of pedagogical and assessment practices for effective literacy teaching and learning in the early years of school
  4. demonstrate an understanding of curriculum related to literacy learning
  5. use a range of information and communication technologies (ICT) in accessing relevant research literature, to support learning and in presenting evidence of their own learning in the area of literacy.


Essay: critique of a literacy event (1600 words, 40%)
Planning task (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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