EDEM617-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)

Enhancing Reading Development in Young Children at Risk

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course will focus on teaching students methods to enhance reading development in young children at risk of literacy difficulty. A major element of the course will examine the provision of effective phonological awareness intervention in individual, small-group and classroom settings. Practical sessions will be used to demonstrate the effective teaching strategies covered in the course content. This course would be suitable for teachers, early childhood educators, literacy specialists and speech-language therapists looking to promote early literacy success for all children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students completing this course will be able to:
  • Identify the groups of children nationally and internationally who are at risk of literacy difficulties.
  • Understand the role of early language development in the later acquisition of literacy skills.
  • Administer and analyse language, phonological awareness, print concepts and letter knowledge assessments to enable the early identification of children at risk of literacy difficulties.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the sequence of phonological awareness development from the preschool to school years.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the key principles of phonological awareness intervention.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of other key aspects of early literacy intervention such as vocabulary.
  • Demonstrate activities designed to facilitate print concepts knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, and/or early reading and spelling in individual, small-group and classroom settings.
  • Design and implement an early intervention programme for a child at risk of literacy difficulties based on their assessment profile.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of an early literacy programme for a child at risk of literacy difficulties.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Course Coordinator

Brigid McNeill

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

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over


Distance students must participate in the course via Learn to meet the learning outcomes.  Students are responsible for obtaining relevant lecture/course information via Learn. This will mean regular engagement with forums and course materials on the Learn site. Participation will enhance your understanding of issues and allow for discussion and clarification of complex issues. Online activity will ensure all students can discuss, debate and reflect. Insufficient participation in the course will jeopardise students passing the course.


Students will be asked to make (anonymous if desired) written comment on: Student and teacher surveys using current UC systems.

Grade moderation

All course work will be marked by the course coordinator to ensure equity of marking. The second lecturer will be used to cross validate a portion of the marking.

Late submission of work

Work submitted late will not be marked unless an extension has been granted.

Requests for extensions

Requests for an extension should be submitted to the course lecturer at least two days prior to the due data. Extension will be granted at the discretion of the lecturer.


No resubmissions will be allowed.

Special consideration of assessment items

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control, where:
(a)  they have suffered an acute illness, injury, or other reasonably unforeseeable circumstances:
i.    which has prevented them from completing any major item(s) of work for assessment in a course; or
ii.   which has impaired their performance (including by interruption of pre-assessment revision) to the extent that the result(s) are likely to underestimate their true and evidenced level of mastery of the material in the course;
i.    they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; or
ii.   they are members of a national cultural group on tour nationally or internationally.
Please note that applications must be supported by evidence.  Further details are available at the above link.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course and may not be available for some other items of assessment as specified in Course Outlines.  (Refer to specific Course Outlines for this information.)

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

NB: This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student and Programme Office for assistance.

Course Website

As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessments 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. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.)

For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to  Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,905.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All EDEM617 Occurrences

  • EDEM617-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)