ece506 | Graduate

Language And Literacy Methods In Early Childhood Education

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This course focuses on theoretical and developmentally appropriate teaching methods in language and literacy for children from birth to age eight. Theories in language development, including second language acquisition, as well as the needs of English Language Learners are examined. Participants will explore research-based early literacy teaching strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. There is an emphasis on incorporating content area standards and developing hands-on learning experiences for young children. Additionally, developmentally effective assessments are discussed as a means of guiding instruction.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Language Development and Milestones

    • Investigate the parent/caregiver’s role in language development.
    • Identify language milestones from birth to age eight.
    • Discuss the resources available to identify and support language development concerns.
    • Summarize language development and theories including second language acquisition.
    • Compare the differences between voice, speech, and language.
    • Examine the three major theories of language: Learning Perspective, Nativist, and Interactionist.

    Infants: 0-18 Months

    • Sequence the stages of infant language development from crying to words.
    • Distinguish between receptive and expressive language and discuss the role of each in infant language development.
    • Summarize what it means to be in the “prelinquistic stage” and taking turns with infants and their importance in language development.
    • Identify literacy concepts acquired from early reading experiences and drawing.
    • Examine strategies and activities to promote language skills and literacy development in infants.

    Toddlers: 18-36 Months

    • Define and describe the language milestones in a typically developing toddler.
    • Explain and compare symbolic representation and telegraphic speech.
    • Identify developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to promote language development for toddlers.
    • Identify the characteristics of environments that promote language and literacy development for toddlers.
    • Develop hands-on learning experiences that promote early literacy for English speakers and English language learners.


    • All objectives apply.

    Preschool: Ages 3-5

    • Define “emergent” literacy.
    • Summarize reading and writing development in typically developing preschool children.
    • Compare the importance of verbal skills-vocabulary, listening, speaking, semantics, and syntax and later success in reading.
    • Develop strategies to promote literacy skills and a print-rich environment in the classroom.
    • Integrate English language learners in the preschool classroom.

    Primary: Ages 6-8

    • Define and examine patterns of language development including phonology and pragmatics for English speakers and English language learners in the primary years.
    • Identify the stages of reading and writing development in the primary years.
    • Analyze the learning needs for English language learners to help promote literacy in primary years.
    • Develop direct learning experiences to support language and literacy development in the primary years.
    • Evaluate the role of assessments for guiding literacy instruction.
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