Language Development in Early Childhood (EDMT5550)


This unit of study assists students to develop understandings, knowledge and skills about the language development of young children. It provides key ideas about how young children begin to make meaning from the moment they are born as they learn to talk, listen and interact with those around them, and that this is the key factor on which early childhood teachers should build their programs. Through lectures, workshops, readings, and other activities, students examine the theoretical ideas and practical knowledge required to guide young children's learning of language and literacy practices. The unit also emphasizes the centrality of providing rich language arts experiences including quality literary texts in early childhood settings. The intersections between play and language development are carefully explored.

Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/workshop/wk


seminar presentation (20%) and 1500wd portfolio (30%) and 1500wd transcript analysis (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.