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Teaching Early Reading

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU30068

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

This unit is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to teach early reading in early years education. It examines the key elements for early reading development which include oral language and concepts of print, phonological awareness and phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. In addition, effective teaching strategies and assessments for early reading will be explored through modelled and practised pedagogies.

Pre-service teachers will gain critical insights into early reading development which will add to their pedagogical content knowledge. They will also develop a deep understanding of early reading development by drawing on relevant theoretical perspectives, contemporary pedagogical practices and evidenced based research that informs effective strategies for teaching, learning and assessments.


  • Key elements for reading development in the early years (e.g. oral language, phonological awareness and phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension).
  • Children’s literature (e.g. early childhood literature and engaged play, and genres of children literature).
  • Home and community literacy practices (e.g. parental involvement, reading to and with babies and toddlers, adult modelling of reading behaviours, public libraries and community groups).
  • Language and literacy development for EAL/D learners.
  • Research on evidence-based teaching practices for early reading development.
  • Strategies for planning and teaching early reading.
  • Assessment strategies in early reading (e.g. informal discussions, read and retell, basic sight word tests and running records).
  • Links to the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum (or state equivalents).