Discuss the diversity of young children’s experiences of language and literacy a


Discuss the diversity of young children’s experiences of language and literacy at home. To what extent can there be a match between these experiences and those they encounter when they go to school? Compare and contrast two case studies from your course readings to illustrate your answer. (3,500 words)
Compare and contrast the experiences of the two or three case studies – Reading 7 in the reading pack (Kabir, Chapter 3, Michelle, chapter 4 and Sadia, chapter 5) in Kelly, C (2010) Hidden Worlds Young children Learning Literacy in Multicultural contexts. Stoke on Trent: Trentham.
We have covered these issues in course sessions and in the readings and presentations that accompany them. The books on the indicative reading list in the course booklet will be good starting points for your reading for this assignment. Don’t forget to look in journals as well.
Writing up your assignment
Your work must be typed using 11 or 12 point and with double or I.5 spacing. It must be submitted as an MS word document. It should include the following:
Title page
Include your name, the name of the course, the year and the title of your study.
Introduction
Explain what you understand by a sociocultural approach to language and literacy learning. What is the role of social interaction? What of the role of culture?
Main body of the essay:
When and where do babies and young children start to learn to talk read and write? Are children empty vessels to be filled with knowledge when they come to school, or have they already learned a great deal from their families and communities?
What exactly are the experiences that some children have of learning to talk, read and write at home? What are the differences and why do you think they exist? Give two or three specific examples from your reading and from case studies we have examined on the course. Choose children with contrasting experiences. The following questions should help your analysis:
What kinds of interactions around literacy happen at home and in the community?
Who are they with?
What cultural resources do they involve?
What us the purpose of these?
What is the role of language(s) and culture?
What have the children learnt about language and literacy from these interactions?
Are they encouraged to use this knowledge when they go to school. If so, how?
Compare and contrast the experiences of at least two of the case studies from the reading booklet.
Do some children make the transition from home to school more smoothly? Why do you think this might be?
If some groups are excluded, why do you think this is the case? How could it be different?
Conclusion
Summarise the points you have made so far to make your argument clear.
Reflect on what you have learned from writing this assignment. If you had the opportunity what would you like to investigate further?
References Section
Ensure you include all texts that you have cited in your assignment, correctly referenced in Harvard style.
Some important points to consider
Make sure that you read widely for this assignment. Avoid relying heavily on one or two texts. Include your own thinking. You need to be analytical rather than just describe what somebody else has said.
Writing an essay is about presenting an argument. That argument needs to be developed through the essay. To di this you need to reflect on your reading. A good essay involves developing an argument to persuade the reader, using references from reading to support it.


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