This topic introduces students to theory and research in literacy education for children aged 4 - 8 years. This will involve critical analysis of language and literacy learning from contemporary perspectives. Literacy is viewed as the use of multimodal communication, including reading, writing, listening, speaking and communication technologies, to explore, shape and share ideas and values. The topic is focused on young children learning to communicate using multiliteracies in the preschool and early years of school. The topic will cover: links between oral and written language, developing a balanced literacy program; catering for diverse individual needs; planning for and assessing literacy learning; and, creating a supportive learning environment.
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