TECS351-14YB1 (C) Year B First Half 2014

Learning Languages Years 7 - 10

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
10 Feb 2014 - 22 Jun 2014


This course is designed for students who wish to teach languages in Years 7 - 10. It is a compulsory course for students who wish to specialise in teaching languages. The students develop critical awareness and understanding of the aims and objectives of the Learning Languages learning area and explore appropriate planning, teaching and assessment methods.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories of second language acquisition and how additional languages are learned
  • Critically consider the place and nature of Learning Languages, including te reo Māori, in the New Zealand Curriculum
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant language curriculum documents and support materials, and use these to plan purposeful language learning lessons
  • Apply second language teaching methodology in planning, implementing, assessing and evaluating lessons in a language of choice
  • Critically evaluate second or international language teaching and learning resources
    Explain and demonstrate successful language teaching strategies in the context of a specific language teaching programme.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:


100-level International Language or equivalent (excluding beginners' courses). Subject to the approval of the Head of School.

Streams Day Time Where
Stream 01 Thursday 12:00pm-2:00pm Wheki 202
Friday 8:00am-11:00am Wheki 104

Course Coordinator

Una Cunningham


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
A unit of work plan 16 Mar 2014 50%
Micro teaching evaluation 08 Jun 2014 50%


Required Texts

Brown, H. Douglas; Teaching by principles : an interactive approach to language pedagogy; 3rd ed; Pearson Education, 2007.

Recommended Reading

New Zealand; The New Zealand curriculum; Learning Media for the Ministry of Education, 2007.

Materials that support the course and are relevant to the development of course competencies will be made available by the course lecturer. Journals, texts and audiovisual materials are available in the University of Canterbury Library.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.

Assessment and grading system

Assessment procedures will follow the established policies of the UC College of Education Assessment Guidelines. As assessment is standards-based, students must pass all assessment requirements to obtain a final Pass grade. Student workload will be in-line with other courses within the Graduate Diploma (Secondary).
Grading Scale
Grade      GPA       Marks
A+          9           90 – 100
A            8           85 – 89
A-           7           80 – 84
B+          6           75 – 79
B            5           70 – 74
B-           4           65 – 69
C+          3           60 – 64
C            2           55 – 59
C-           1           50 – 54
D            0           40 – 49
E           -1           0 – 39


Classes are participatory and therefore require full attendance. The same attendance expectations apply as would be expected of a teacher in a school. Unavoidable absence should be notified to the relevant lecturer, where possible, prior to the class. Requests can be made for absence in exceptional circumstances. These should be made in advance to the lecturer (for absences of up to three days) or to the Associate Dean (for absences of three days or longer). Evidence for the reason for the absence may be required. Students who do not meet attendance requirements for the course are liable to fail.

Grade moderation

Grades awarded are verified in accordance with School of Teacher Education procedures.

Late submission of work

Work is late if it is handed in after the due date without an extension having been granted. The final date for submission of work is the Wednesday of the week after the course finishes. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark work handed in after this date. Students should be aware that resubmits may not be granted on late work.

Other specific requirements

Work submitted should be of a professional standard and APA formatting used where appropriate.

Requests for extensions

Requests for extensions should be made in writing to the lecturer. Requests for extensions must be made before the due date.


One resubmit is allowed for each assignment. Work that is to be resubmitted will be due one week after being returned to the student unless other arrangements are requested and granted by the lecturer.


Aegrotat considerations (students should refer to Regulation H of the General Course and Examination Regulations.)
http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/aegrotats.shtml, please see Course links.
Aegrotats are not available and all assignments must be completed.

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00pm on or before the due date.  The lecturer may also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site.
It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 366 7001 ext 6060.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $670.00

International fee $2,850.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Teacher Education.

All TECS351 Occurrences

  • TECS351-14YB1 (C) Year B First Half 2014