EDUC 0382 - Language Development and Emergent Literacy

Credits: 3

This course offers the prospective early childhood teacher/caregiver the theoretical background and practical knowledge critical for supporting language and literacy development in the youngest of learners. Course participants will explore developmental and cultural influences on early language and literacy development and examine universally designed, culturally sustaining methods materials, and assessments for use in supporting language and emergent literacy skills in infants, toddlers, and young children. Topics include the role of teachers and caregivers in partnering with families to support children's language and early literacy development; dual language learning and multilingualism in the early years; the role of children's literature, play, and the arts in supporting young children's oral and written language development; and the use of assistive technology to support language development in young children with disabilities. This course aligns with the department's commitment to Critical Engagement with Diversity, Community Building, and Social Justice.

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