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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Provides an understanding of the nature of English as a language of communication. It considers theories of the acquisition of language, and then the consequential principles and practices of teaching and learning. This will be in the context of a children's learning from early childhood to primary school years.

Unit content

1. English as a language of communication, including Aboriginal English and non-English speaking backgrounds.
2. Theories of language acquisition for children 0-12 years. 
3. Current principles and practices for scaffolding learning in talking, listening and early literacy. 
4. Children's literature and its role in the enhancement of language and literacy development. 
5. Planning for assisting the development of language acquisition (oral language assessment and strategies for scaffolding).

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the nature and role of English as a language of communication for participation in society, and demonstrate through their own speaking and writing a knowledge of language and literacy development from birth - 12 years
2 explain the theories of language acquisition, and the relationship between language acquisition and learning
3 outline a range of principles and practices to assist in the development of talking, listening and early literacy.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the nature and role of English as a language of communication for participation in society, and demonstrate through their own speaking and writing a knowledge of language and literacy development from birth - 12 years
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. explain the theories of language acquisition, and the relationship between language acquisition and learning
    • GA4:
  3. outline a range of principles and practices to assist in the development of talking, listening and early literacy.
    • GA2: