Developing Literacy

EDU20001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 12 hours + Blended Swinburne online - Nil

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

11 Jul 22 - 9 Oct 22

1 Nov 22

Last self enrolment:
24 Jul 22

5 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Aug 22

More teaching periods

Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22



Aims and objectives

This unit familiarises pre-service teachers with literacy in early learning environments. They will consider children’s language development and how this corresponds to teaching and learning in literacy for young children. Pre-service teachers will be provided with an understanding of the ways in which children acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes relating to a wide range of literacies, enabling pre-service teachers to develop appropriate skills and strategies to support children’s development of literacy. More specifically, pre-service teachers will be introduced to the principles for teaching phonological awareness in relation to children’s reading and writing development. In addition, the concept of multiple literacies will also be covered, highlighting its presence in 21st century learning.

Unit learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe the difference between English and literacy in relation to teaching and learning.
2. Evaluate reading and writing processes and their relationship to curriculum and policy.
3. Develop and evaluate a range of learning experiences and resources to engage children in learning appropriate to their strengths, interests and needs.
4. Review and compare literacy programs and resources designed to assess children’s communication skills, particularly oral language, reading, writing, grammar skills and phonemic awareness.
5. Evaluate methods and tools that support children with a wide range of skills in literacy.
6. Develop and evaluate a range of strategies using ICT (Information, Communication and the Technology) to enhance literacy teaching.


Courses with unit

BA-EDECP/EDECPS Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
BA-EDUEC/BA-EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)/SOL
BA-EDUPRI/BA-EDUPRI1 Bachelor of Education (Primary)/SOL
DP-EDU Diploma of Education Studies
AB-EDU Associate Degree of Education