Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
10-307-108 061212 ECE: Early Language & Literacy
Outline of Instruction

Course Information
DescriptionThis course explores strategies to encourage the development of early language and literacy knowledge and skill building in children birth to 8 years of age.  Learners will investigate the components of literacy including; literacy and a source of enjoyment, vocabulary and oral language, phonological awareness, knowledge of print, letters and words, comprehension and an understanding of books and other texts.  Theories and philosophies regarding children's language and literacy development will be addressed.  Dual language learning will be examined within the context of developmentally appropriate practices.  Assessment tools for early language and literacy acquisition will be reviewed.
Total Credits3
Prior Learning Assessments
None
Course Competencies
  1. Examine the concepts of developmentally appropriate practice and developmental theory as they relate to early literacy development and dual language learners for children birth to 8 years of age.
  2. Describe the role and progression of literacy skills in children birth to age 8.
  3. Practice interactive reading strategies for children birth to age 8.
  4. Integrate culturally responsive strategies to promote language and early literacy skills for all children birth to age 8.
  5. Examine local language and literacy assessment tools and strategies.
  6. Assess the components of a literacy rich environment.
  7. Explain emergent literacy and the interrelationship of language and literacy development.
  8. Plan effective strategies to support emergent readers and writers.
  9. Explore language and literacy resources for young children.