Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Literacy in Young Children
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials
Practical A COMPULSORY MODULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP One session of 7 hours to be held over reading week (in same session as AD20220)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2500 WORD ESSAY  50%
Semester Assessment 2500 WORD ESSAY  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2X2500 WORD ESSAY  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % New assignment titles and examination paper will be issued   100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically evaluate the development of literacy in young children within a given framework.

Critically discuss the implications of literacy development for teaching and learning.

Critically examine the reasons for a literature-based curriculum in infant schools.

Demonstrate critical engagement with relevant source material.

Brief description

This module focuses on the centrality of the language and literacy process in its mediating role for the teacher and the young child. It examines the role of literacy in various cultures and considers the skills necessary for the development of language and literacy in young children.


Lectures and seminars will be based on the following:
Lecture and seminar 1: Concepts of literacy
Lecture and seminar 2: Excursions into literacy: pre-school and early years experiences
Lecture and seminar 3: Literacy and the school curriculum
Lecture and seminar 4: The nature of narrative: using literature in the classroom and the concept of the real reader
Lecture and seminar 5: The development of reading (1): Approaches and methods
Lecture and seminar 6: The development of reading (2): Reading materials
Lecture and seminar 7: Reading to learn: non-fiction and other information materials
Lecture and seminar 8: The beginnings of writing
Lecture and seminar 9: The development of writing
Lecture and seminar 10: Multimedia literacy: the Internet and beyond


This module is at CQFW Level 5