ESS407 Understanding Literacy Problems (8)
This subject has been designed to develop and increase student awareness and knowledge of reading development and literacy problems experienced by children. This subject has an emphasis on 'hands-on' approach to dealing with children who have literacy difficulties. Literacy in this topic will include reading, writing and oral components and students will be introduced to reading theory and language development in children. Assessment procedures will be examined as well as various teaching strategies and approaches to deal with difficulties children may have with reading, writing and communication.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Teacher Education
Enrolment restrictions
Entry into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Education (Primary), the Graduate Certificate in Special Education, the Graduate Diploma in Education (Special Education), the Master of Education (Special Education) or as determined by the course coordinator.
Assumed Knowledge
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • articulate a basic understanding of reading development in children;
  • demonstrate an understanding of theories of language development;
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of written language development in children;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the causes and correlates of writing difficulties;
  • design programs in reading and writing that will assist children with reading and writing difficulties;
  • apply a range of assessment tools to identify reading, writing and communication difficulties; and
  • implement a program with a child with literacy difficulties.
The subject will cover the following topics:
- Language development an overview including four theories of language development and phonemic awareness. - Reading and writing theories, approaches and difficulties including factors affecting reading competency and the acquisition of written language skills. - Assessment diagnosis and intervention for reading and writing difficulties including specific strategies for prevention and early intervention. - Development of consultation and collaboration skills.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.