Exploring Children's Communication, Language and Literacy (X6621)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module will introduce you to theories and approaches to language acquisition, where you’ll examine the role of the parent in language development.

You’ll look at the key moments in a child’s journey towards literacy, including:

  • mark making
  • phonics
  • reading comprehension
  • enjoyment of reading and writing
  • becoming accomplished readers and writers.

Children’s literature will be central to the course. You will explore high quality literature and how it can be used to enhance learning.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 47 hours of contact time and about 103 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: