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Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education

Course Number: ECE 236
Transcript Title: Lang & Literacy in ECE
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Overview of language and literacy development in children from infancy to age 6. Design and use a variety of language and literacy development activities with young children. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes


Instructional Goal: The goal is to review the process of normal language development from birth to age six and the concepts and theories related to this process.
1.1 Identify and define developmental stages in language acquisition including:

a. Definition of what is language
b. Development of expressive language

1. Preverbal
2. Words
3. Sentences

c. Development of receptive language

1.2 Explain how children use language in:

a. Communication of needs and wants
b. Metalinguistic awareness
c. Language play

1. Sound
2. Pattern
3. Meaning

1.3 Identify and explain major groups of language acquisition theories including:

a. Psycho-linguistic
b. Behavioristic/social learning
c. Piagetian

1.4 Identify normal ranges within language development stages and list sources for referral if additional help is needed.


Instructional Goal: The goal is to develop an understanding of the teacher's multiple roles in facilitating language development.
2.1 Identify ways in which a teacher models language through:

a. Attitudes
b. Uses of language

1. Written
2. Oral

c. Learned techniques such as self-talk

2.2 Select and list a variety of language development curriculum ideas and activities including those related to:

a. Auditory discrimination and memory
b. Visual discrimination and memory
c. Oral skills
d. Pre-writing skills

2.3 Identify and define ways in which a teacher interacts with young children through:

a. Indirect language stimulation techniques

1. Parallel talk
2. Description

b. Asking questions

1. Description
2. Open-ended

c. Expansion
d. Elaboration


Instructional Goal: The goal is to recognize the variety of literature for infants, toddlers, young children, and its function.
3.1 Identify and list a variety of literature including:

a. Poetry

3.2 Ancient literature

a. Myths
b. Folktales
c. Fables

3.3 Written books

a. Picture books
b. Wordless books
c. Non-fictional books
d. Alphabet and word books
e. Seasonal and holiday books
f. Teacher and child-make books

3.4 Rhymes, chants, songs, and finger plays
3.5 Told stories
3.6 List and identify the educational values of literature for young children.


Instructional Goal: The goal is to develop techniques in evaluating and selecting literature for young children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years.
4.1 Describe awards given to books including:

a. Newberry Medal
b. Caldecott Medal

4.2 Identify criteria for assessing children's books including:

a. Age level appropriateness
b. Author's style
c. Attitudes and models presented
d. Educational value

4.3 Use the criteria and apply the techniques for selection of a variety of children's books.


Instructional Goal: The goal is to develop knowledge and skills in presenting children's literature using a variety of methods.
5.1 Develop and use appropriate techniques from

a. Reading aloud from books
b. Telling stories without books
c. Presenting flannel graph stories

5.2 Presenting stories using audio-visual equipment
5.3 Select and apply techniques for writing children's books with:

a. The teacher as the author
b. The child as the author

5.4 Identify and use a variety of techniques in using puppetry with young children including:

a. Puppet construction techniques
b. Implementation
c. Set design and construction

5.5 Identify and apply a variety of techniques in using drama with young children including:

a. Selecting stories suitable for dramatization
b. Types of drama
c. Props
d. Techniques of implement

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grading policy will be distributed with a Course Handout during the first week of class. Grades will be based on:

  1. Attendance and active class participation.
  2. Written exam or quizzes.
  3. Other methods which may include one or more of the following:
    1. Projects
    2. Research papers
    3. Book reviews
    4. Oral presentations
    5. Problem solving activities

Course Activities and Design

This course includes lecture discussion, demonstrations, hands-on experiences, audio-visual materials, and a variety of guest speakers.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Department Notes

The student will develop knowledge and understanding of the normal development of language in the young child and the teacher's role in fostering and facilitating this development. Hands-on experiences with language stimulation activities and the application of literature will be offered. Also, the student will assess and develop techniques for evaluating and using a variety of types of literature with the child.

This is an Early Childhood Education elective course.