EDEM617-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Enhancing Reading Development in Young Children at Risk

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 21 Mar 2023 50%
End of Course Test 16 Jun 2023 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,990.00

* 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.

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All EDEM617 Occurrences

  • EDEM617-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)