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Understanding Language and Literacy

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU10002

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to help students understand the meaning of literacy and multi-literacy and introduces them to theories of literacy development and learning. Students will consider how the skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing experiences develop and will begin to relate them to the teaching of such skills.


  • What is literacy?
  • What is multi-literacy?
  • Theories of literacy
  • Theories of language development: behaviourist, nativist, interactionist , cultural-historical
  • How language and literacy develop
  • Culture, language and oral traditions
  • Components of language: phonology, semantics, grammar, morphology, pragmatics
  • Multilingualism
  • Contemporary research into literacy development
  • Technology, multimedia and literacies
  • Working with families to support language development

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