Certificate IV in Early Language and Literacy

The EL&L program is unique as it combines specific understandings of speech and language pathology with Early Years education best practice resulting in powerful practical methods that are flexible in their use for individual children, groups and each family unit. The program also utilises language and literacy processing understandings and strategies to strengthen poor developmental language and literacy skills in the older student.

The program is for all children but will have an additional beneficial application to those children with a history of compromised hearing due to poor middle ear health.

The EL&L program presents developmentally appropriate resources, skills and strategies to stimulate essential neurological foundational skills in language and pre-literacy development that includes auditory, visual and tactile-kinaesthetic perceptual development, sensory perceptual integration, 7 Steps to Phonemic Awareness, vocabulary and sentence development, and Effective Reading Aloud to Children strategies. Multisensory instruction ability is taught to the adults so that information is always presented to children via all sensory channels to the brain. These complex developmental steps are presented to the adults in an easy to understand manner and taught to the children through games and activities that can be integrated.

Course Details

Entry Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements other than that learners undertaking the unit ELLLLP001 Plan for early language and literacy practice, must have access to real people needing support with early language and literacy.

Reccomended entry requirements:

For any assessment or workplace learning that occurs in a setting involving face-to-face activities with children, the learner will need to meet the requirements for working with children in the relevant Australian State or Territory.

Training Components

The face-to-face coursework component of the Certificate IV in EL&L typically takes 4 days (equivalent to 32 hours), although this can vary according to the availability and needs of participants. Training includes practice for developing language and literacy for young children and planning for the integration of these new skills and strategies into the participant’s teaching/learning program.

Successful completion of the Certificate IV qualification is dependent on 100% attendance at the coursework. Any training missed must be made up in consultation with the course provider.

Learners must also complete two unsupervised training components: EL&L Strategies Practice and Self-paced Learning. Information for these is provided in workbooks.

Workplace mentoring is available and can take place over time. Mentoring is helpful to provide participants with time for additional practice, as well as opportunities to review with their Trainer how they are progressing with the EL&L strategies, self-paced learning and EL&L integrated practice.

Course Outline

10028NAT Certificate IV in Early Language and Literacy  
Unit Code Unit of Competency Core Nominal hours
ELLPAP001 Develop phonemic awareness practice for young children Core 40
ELLPPP001 Model processes for developing pre-phonics practices Core 40
ELLPWP001 Model processes for developing prewriting practices Core 40
ELLPRP001 Model processes for developing pre-reading practices Core 40
ELLTLL001 Develop teaching practices for early language and literacy development Core 40
ELLLLP001 Plan for early language and literacy practice. * Core 140
A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any unit of competency completed if the full qualification is not completed
* Total of 100 hours supervised structured workplace-based practice required for completion of these units of competency  
Exit with 10652NAT Certificate IV in Early Language and Literacy  

Course Timing

Face-to-face training typically consists of 4 days: 9:00 am– 4:00 pm. All course times are negotiable and will be dependent on the training option selected. In addition to the classroom-based structured learning & assessment activities and the 100 hours supervised workplace-based practice, the volume of learning supplements the nominal hours through all activities required for the achievement of learning outcomes including:

  • Training in the testing procedures for Pre- and Post-Assessment for student evaluation
  • Planning and programming for implementation of the Early Language and Literacy approach to improve student learning outcomes
  • Work with mentors to develop skilled use and application of the Language and Literacy Resources
  • Providing resources for parent and community outreach and literacy instruction
  • Evaluating student Pre- and Post-Assessment, identification of student needs and development of appropriate plans and programs for future teaching

The volume of learning for the full qualification includes 340 supervised hours and approximately 300 hours of unsupervised learning over a period of at least 6 months. The overall volume of learning is therefore 640 hours.