This unit is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to teach early reading in early years education. It examines the key elements for early reading development which include oral language and concepts of print, phonological awareness and phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. In addition, effective teaching strategies and assessments for early reading will be explored through modelled and practised pedagogies.
Pre-service teachers will gain critical insights into early reading development which will add to their pedagogical content knowledge. They will also develop a deep understanding of early reading development by drawing on relevant theoretical perspectives, contemporary pedagogical practices and evidenced based research that informs effective strategies for teaching, learning and assessments.