Singapore University of Social Sciences

Supporting Communication and Emergent Literacy Through Play (ECE108)

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Language: English

Duration: 6 months

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Area of Interest: Education

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ECE108 Supporting Communication and Emergent Literacy through Play revisits the notion ofintegration in play-based curriculum, and the process of meaning-making for young children agesbirth through eight. It is framed by the principles of developmentally appropriate practice, guidedby the assumption that children learn best through activities that are meaningful and relevant tothem. In the context of the development of communication and emergent literacy, this entails theuse of stories, books, and variety of play-based activities that are of relevance and high interest tochildren, as well as many everyday opportunities for interaction and conversations with patient,nurturing, knowledgeable, intentional teachers who are skilful in scaffolding and extending learningexperiences. As such, activities and strategies for supporting children’s development as curious,persistent, flexible, reflective, and collaborative communicators will be discussed.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Influences on young children's language development
  • Putting theories in context – nativists, nurturists, and constructivists
  • The notions of integration and Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) – revisited
  • The nature of knowledge
  • Goals for development as a listener and speaker
  • Strategies and activities for promoting language development
  • The development of communicative competence
  • Activities for promoting language development
  • Critical thinking dispositions necessary for effective listening
  • Critical thinking dispositions necessary for effective speaking
  • The role of the intentional teacher in promoting language development
  • The role of the teacher in promoting acceptance of differences in language development

Learning Outcome

  • Identify the key assumptions underlying each of the three key theories of development as it relates to young children's development of communicative competence
  • State the influences on language development
  • Explain what it means to be an intentional language arts teacher
  • Describe how the three components of the principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) can be used to guide language arts lesson planning
  • Apply the principles for promoting the development of critical thinking dispositions necessary for effective listening and speaking
  • Propose teaching strategies and activities for promoting acceptance of differences in language development amongst children
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