At Excelsia college, our education staff are passionate about the importance of literacy introduction and language development in a child’s early stages. As part of English Language Day on 23 April, Dr Pegah Marandi, Lecturer and Field Education Coordinator and Dr Gideon Boadu, Lecturer and Coordinator (Master of Teaching Program) share their thoughts.
Dr Marandi shares, ‘Literacy introduction and development in early ages can have a lifelong learning impact on a child. This development can start well before the school years. Literacy can elevate children’s experiences of talking, reading, and writing at a very early stage and provide them with a healthier future. Being literate is interwoven with a strong sense of identity and wellbeing, meaning children with stronger reading and writing skills would potentially perform better and thus show more confidence and positive self-image as adults.’
For Dr Boadu, children’s literacy development is foundational in facilitating children’s communication and social competence. ‘The representational affordances of letters, pictures, objects, words, sounds and language help children to navigate their young worlds and develop agency and independence in everyday activities. As adults, we have a role to play in supporting children’s literacy development through intentional communication, collaborative reading and literary play, to scaffold understanding and problem-solving in young children,’ he explains.
If you are passionate about developing the minds of children and young adults, why not consider our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to 5), Master of Teaching (Primary) or Master of Teaching (Secondary)?