A framework for understanding the cognitive and socio-cultural factors that affect the acquisition and development of language and literacy will be examined. Cognitive factors affecting young children's literacy learning will include phonological awareness, a psycho-linguistic model of learning to read and write, acquiring the alphabetic principle, brain research and literacy, research on early instruction and determinants of difficulties in learning to read, and connecting early language literacy. Socio-cultural factors including language and thought, socio-economic levels literacy development, language and regional dialects, language and culture, social language and standard language, and gender variations in language strategies and their use. Task Stream electronic portfolio is required. Class Notes: Closed Class. Permission Number Required from the Department Chairperson.