Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ECE 236
Course Title:
Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education
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Course Description

Overview of language and literacy development in children from infancy to age 6. Design and use a variety of language and literacy development activities with young children. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The student will develop knowledge and understanding of the normal development of language in the young child and the
teacher's role in fostering and facilitating this development.  Hands-on experiences with language stimulation activities and
the application of literature will be offered.  Also, the student will assess and develop techniques for evaluating and using a variety of types of literature with the child.
  This is an Early Childhood Education elective course.

Intended Outcomes for the course

                          1.0 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT                 
  Instructional Goal:
  The goal is to review the process of normal language
  development from birth to age six and the concepts and theories related to
  this process.                 
  1.1   Identify and define developmental stages in language
   acquisition including:
        a.   Definition of what is language
        b.   Development of expressive language
                  1.   preverbal
                  2.   words
                  3.   sentences
        c.   Development of receptive language
  1.2   Explain how children use language in:
        a.   Communication of needs and wants
        b.   Metalinguistic awareness
        c.   Language play
                  1.   sound
                  2.   pattern
                  3.   meaning
  1.3   Identify and explain major groups of language acquisition
          theories including:
        a.   Psycho-linguistic
        b.   Behavoristic/social learning
        c.   Piagetian
  1.4   Identify normal ranges within language development stages
          and list sources for referral if additional help is
                             2.0 TEACHER'S ROLE
  Instructional Goal:
  The goal is to develop an understanding of the teacher's
  multiple roles in facilitating language development.
  2.1   Identify ways in which a teacher models language through:
        a.   Attitudes
        b.   Uses of language
                  1.   written
                  2.   oral
        c.   Learned techniques such as self-talk
  2.2   Select and list a variety of language development
          curriculum ideas and activities including those related
        a.   Auditory discrimination and memory
             b.   Visual discrimination and memory
             c.   Oral skills
             d.   Pre-writing skills
  2.3   Identify and define ways in which a teacher interacts
          with young children through:
        a.   Indirect language stimulation techniques
                  1.   parallel talk
                       2.   description
             b.   Asking questions
                  1.   description
                       2.   open-ended
             c.   Expansion
             d.    Elaboration
                               3.0 LITERATURE
  Instructional Goal:
  The goal is to recognize the variety of literature for infants,
  toddlers and young children and its function.
  3.1   Identify and list a variety of literature including:
        a.   Poetry
  3.2   Ancient literature
        a.   Myths
        b.   Folktales
        c.   Fables
  3.3   Written books
        a.   Picture books
        b.   Wordless books
        c.   Non-fictional books
        d.   Alphabet and word books
        e.   Seasonal and holiday books
        f.   Teacher and child-make books
  3.4   Rhymes, chants, songs, and finger plays
  3.5   Told stories
  3.6   List and identify the educational values of literature
          for young children.
                       4.0 EVALUATION OF LITERATURE
  Instructional Goal:
  The goal is to develop techniques in evaluating and selecting
  literature for young children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years.
  4.1   Describe awards given to books including:
        a.   Newberry Medal
            b.    Caldecott Medal
  4.2 Identify criteria for assessing children's books including:
            a.    Age level appropriateness
            b.    Author's style
            c.    Attitudes and models presented
            d.    Educational value
  4.3   Use the criteria and apply the techniques for selection
          of a variety of children's books.
                       5.0 PRESENTATION OF LITERATURE
  Instructional Goal:
  The goal is to develop knowledge and skills in presenting
  children's literature using a variety of methods.
  5.1   Develop and use appropriate techniques from
        a.   Reading aloud from books
            b.    Telling stories without books
            c.    Presenting flannel graph stories
  5.2   Presenting stories using audio-visual equipment
  5.3   Select and apply techniques for writing children's books
        a.   The teacher as the author
            b.    The child as the author
  5.4   Identify and use a variety of techniques in using
          puppetry with young children including:
        a.   Puppet construction techniques
            b.    Implementation
            c.    Set design and construction
  5.5   Identify and apply a variety of techniques in using drama
          with young children including:
            a.    Selecting stories suitable for dramatization
            b.    Types of drama
            c.    Props
            d.    Techniques of implement

Course Activities and Design

  This course includes lecture discussion, demonstrations, hands-on  experiences, audio-visual materials, and a variety of guest

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  Grading policy will be distributed with a Course Handout during
  the first week of class.  Grades will be based on:
        a.   attendance and active class participation
        b.   written exam or quizzes
        c.   other methods which may include one or more
               of the following:  projects, research papers,
               book reviews, oral presentations and problem
               solving activities

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)