Details for Birth to 5 Years Language and Literacy

This subject introduces the genesis of literacy in babies and early literacy development.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CRS205
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Stephen Brinton


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Birth to 5 Years Language and Literacy

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This subject introduces the genesis of literacy in babies and early literacy development. Teacher Education Students (TES) are introduced to theories and understandings of the development of language and literacy as well as government policy and curriculum on literacy – links to EYLF (Early Years Learning Framework) and/or the VEYLDF (Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework) and other relevant curricula. TES will develop an understanding and appreciation of the home learning environment and cultural practices that shape children’s knowledge and attitudes relating to a wide range of literacies and provided opportunities to explore learning experiences and activities for developing children’s oral language and emerging literacy skills.


  1. Examine the current research into early language and literacy and how it informs government policy and curriculum on literacy, including the EYLF (Early Years Learning Framework), into how young children develop literacy skills;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understandings of effective language and literacy pedagogies gained through course reading;
  3. Analyse the environmental factors that promote early literacy and discuss the importance and application of this in developing literacy learning;
  4. Discuss the learning outcomes used to guide planning for children in an ELC and show how outcomes in Early Stage 1 should be seen as a continuum of learning;
  5. Critically examine the history of the teaching of reading and how written language works and children learn;
  6. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills in the NESA English syllabus for the acquisition of reading and writing ability;
  7. Investigate the means for ongoing teacher professional learning to improve practice in the teaching of reading and writing.

Subject Content

  • Early Years Learning Framework
  • Values Education
  • Teaching Birth - 5 Years Language and Literacy
  • Teaching for Diverse Settings
  • Critical Personal Reflection

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Posts (20%)
  • Project (40%)
  • Major Essay (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references