10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Literacy is fundamental to academic success and by extension vocational opportunity and employment. However, even in developed educational systems, a substantial number of children fail to acquire literacy skills to age-expected levels. This unit will focus on typical and atypical literacy development in children. The unit includes (1) important precursor concepts and skills that support the successful development of reading and spelling in children (2) a critical discussion of the role played by these skills and ways to foster them and (3) an examination of disorders of reading (e.g., developmental dyslexia, reading comprehension impairment). The unit will comprise two strands: (1) weekly theoretical lectures and (2) small-group tutorials focusing on the purpose, administration, and interpretation of various literacy skills-based assessments.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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