Foundations of Language
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewIntroduces students to the study of children's language and literature: how children acquire language, its communicative function and the structure it has that enables language to work. It introduces basic language concepts, and looks at the different levels of language analysis, language variation, acquisition of spoken and written language, the analysis of English sentence structure, basic structural concepts in children's literature, different genres and text types in children's literature, and the role of children's literature in developing literacy.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. An understanding of the nature of language as the human communication system2. An understanding of the basic principles of English sentence structure, and the ability to analyse simple English clause structures and to identify the functions of component parts of clauses3. An awareness of the interpersonal functions and social meanings associated with variation and choice in language use4. An awareness of differences in language variety and text types which result from choice of medium, function, or social context5. An understanding of the processes involved in children's acquisition of language and in the development of literacy6. An awareness of alternative theories of language learning processes7. An awareness of a wide range of texts including literary, factual and multimedia texts8. An understanding of literature that gives insights into Aboriginal, multicultural and children's experiencesCONTENTTopics to be covered in this course include:
ASSESSMENT ITEMSOnline Learning Activity: Online multiple choice assignmentsCase Study / Problem Based Learning: Case StudyFormal Examination: ExamParticipation: Completion of check point quizzes
- The nature of language as a human communication system
- Structure of English: introduction to the study of English sentence structure including the grammatical functions of the noun phrase and the verbal systems of tense and voice
- Language in society: social variation in language use; the social meaning of language choice; "standard" and "non-standard" varieties of English
- Spoken and written language - detailed investigation of similarities and differences
- Language and text: study of various text types; coherence and cohesion in written language
- Language acquisition: studies of child language acquisition
- Acquisition of literacy: reading; writing; spelling; analysis of children's output
- The role of children's literature in developing literacy
- Structural analysis of children's literature
- Genres in children's literature
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.