EML302 Investigation: Literacy (8)

In this subject the acquisition of oral language and the conditions supporting emergent literacy are considered within diverse social and cultural contexts. The central role of parents, carers and teachers in guiding language and emergent literacy through interactions with children is a special focus. The potential for learning and language development through dramatic play, music and movement is examined.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Northern Sydney Institute
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML302. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify environments that enhance children's language and literacy development.
  • be able to analyse and describe children's oral language development.
  • understand the key role adults can play in enhancing or impeding children's language and literacy development.
  • demonstrate knowledge of and ability to plan for emergent literacy in children.
  • understand and be able to explain teaching strategies which assist the development of children's talk, thinking and emergent literacy.
  • demonstrate awareness of promoting children's language and literacy through using a range of play-based learning experiences (e.g. dramatic play, music and movement).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Oral language, its function, theories and phases
  • Analysing interactions (language register and the role of the educator)
  • Emergent literacy - concept of print, pre-reading and early writing skills
  • Project work, child-centred learning experiences, stories and play
  • Teaching strategies suitable for children birth to five years
  • Working in partnerships with families and the community.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EML302 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Parent newsletter
Oral language analysis
Emergent literacy project

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.