Singapore University of Social Sciences

Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (ECE215)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course focuses on language and literacy, the foundation for children’s learning in the early childhood and later years of schooling. The issues and debates surrounding language and literacy learning in multi-lingual Singapore and other selected countries are presented and discussed. The importance of success in literacy is emphasised but placed in the context of the growing child and how important a positive attitude is for learning, for life and overall enjoyment in reading and in literature. How children’s language develops is presented in the context of the home and early childhood centres and how it is the basis for later literacy learning. All aspects of the literacy process are presented including the reading process and its relationship to writing, including strategies for promoting and assessing literacy development.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Perspectives on language and literacy learning
  • Language acquisition as the basis for literacy learning
  • Children’s literature as the basis for early reading
  • How do children learn to read
  • Teaching reading and the various skills needed to become a competent readers
  • Bilingual learners
  • Teaching the skills of writing
  • The place of language and literacy in the various early childhood contexts
  • Specific Assessment Procedures for Language and literacy
  • Working with parents to increase understanding of the literacy process
  • Ministry guidelines in relation to teaching language and learning
  • Research in language and literacy

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss language and literacy development in early childhood
  • Describe a creative curriculum that supports children's language and literacy development
  • Examine the differences between the main theories of language acquisition and literacy development
  • Apply strategies to encourage language and literacy development
  • Use appropriate teaching materials to support and assess children’s learning
  • Relate ways to work with families to Support children’s learning
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