Thinking with Young Children: Language and Literacy

    Unit code: ECE3001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Online Real Time
    Online Self-Paced
    St Albans


    This unit focuses on making meaning through language and literacy when children (including children with English as an additional language) are viewed as capable. Through this perspective, children's approaches to learning are understood as complex, offering ways to build on children's experiences and understandings. Underpinning this unit is the recognition that language and literacy are a social act, representative of power in navigating life. Meaning making in regard to language and literacy includes experiences that hold purpose in rich, thoughtful environments and which include critical and multi-literacy experiences. Language and literacy does not occur as isolated skills, rather as part of how young children express themselves and they are unique to each child.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Determine that language and literacy is a social act.
    2. Articulate the many ways in which multi-literacies are generated by capable young children and contribute to how young children construct their literacy language.
    3. Devise a range of play-based curriculum that supports complex meaning making in language and literacy in diverse early childhood contexts.
    4. Present an understanding of expressive and receptive language for capable young children, including children with English as an additional language.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Podcast reflecting on early oral language learning
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Presentation on supporting language and literacies learning in an early childhood education setting
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Plan learning experiences that support early childhood language and literacy development

    Required reading

    Links to required texts will be available via VU Collaborate.

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