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Imagining the World through Language and Literature

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU30001

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

About this unit

In this unit students learn about the theory and practice of early childhood language and literature. It includes the study of language, cultural and literacy potential of a wide range of children’s literature and everyday texts, with a focus on children’s language development as they move from home to prior-to-school settings and into the first years of school.


  • Criteria for selecting literature for children from birth, based on knowledge of a range of theories of literary criticism (for example, structuralism, post modernism, feminism)
  • Exploration of a range of children’s literature including:
    genres in children’s literature (for example, picture books, big books and illustrated texts, poetry, narrative/novels (fantasy, historical, realistic), short stories, informational texts)
  • Folklore and fairy tales
  • The oral tradition
  • Significant authors
  • Historical and contemporary trend
  • Literature for different age groups
  • Cultural influences on literature
  • Strategies that support children’s appreciation and understanding of literature
  • Relationships between children’s literature and social contexts and cultures
  • Effective storytelling in early childhood

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