Singapore University of Social Sciences

Literacy, Language and Education

Literacy, Language and Education (TSL555)


TSL555 Literacy, Language and Education provides students with insights into the study of literacy in the Digital Age across a range of disciplines, including: the relation between written and spoken language; the development of pre-school, emergent and adult literacies; and the literacy practices in schools, at home and at work. Special consideration is given to the critical discussion of literacy case studies of relevance to the Singapore education context.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY 2 YEARS
E-Learning: - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus. To be confirmed


  • Overview: A history of literacies
  • Defining literacy and literacies
  • Emergent literacies
  • School-based literacies – Reading and writing
  • Didactic literacy pedagogies
  • Authentic literacy pedagogies
  • Functional literacy pedagogies
  • Critical literacy pedagogies
  • Multimodal literacies
  • Literacies for adult learning across the curriculum
  • Literacy diversities and literacy assessment
  • Researching literacy practices

Learning Outcome

  • Differentiate between various meanings of literacy
  • Discuss the study of literacy across a range of disciplines
  • Examine the notion of critical literacy in relation to issues of inequities and power
  • Analyse ways in which learners can make and participate in meanings that will develop their personal and work capacities
  • Critique pedagogical traditions and modes in the context of changes in media and communication
  • Assess the notion of emergent and school literacies through case studies
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