This topic introduces students to research based theory and practice in literacy education for children aged between 4-8 years. This will involve critical analysis of language and literacy learning from contemporary perspectives. Literacy is defined broadly as communities using speaking, listening, viewing, reading and writing to communicate and shape ideas and values. The topic focuses on the acquisition of multiliteracies in preschool through early years of school contexts and the major theoretical frameworks which influence teaching practices. Modules in the topic include: the link between oral and written language; the elements in a balanced literacy program; catering for individual needs; planning and assessing literacy learning and creating a supportive learning environment. The topic emphasises the significance of interaction with experienced users of language in supporting the language development of young children.
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