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This course provides advanced study into the variety of literacy learning difficulties that learners may present with from school entry through to adulthood. It examines the theory and research that informs how these difficulties are understood in the current educational context with a focus on identifying and supporting students with literacy learning difficulties.
This course is primarily self-directed with study guides and readings. It is asynchronous, meaning that as long as you submit the assignments at the time required you can work through the materials at the pace that suits you. There are opportunities for online participation and engagement, but these are optional.
On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Differentiate between the different literacy learning difficulties that students might present with from early childhood to adulthood and recognise the cognitive, cultural and social influences on the identification of literacy difficulties.2. Critically evaluate the type and use of assessment tools for identifying literacy learning difficulties and the appropriateness of those tools across social and cultural contexts.3. Critically evaluate the type and use of interventions for meeting the needs of students with a range of literacy learning difficulties and the appropriateness of the interventions across cognitive and social contexts.4. Apply the findings of theory and research on literacy learning difficulties to meet the needs of students through cognitively, socially, and culturally appropriate decision making and communication.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Subject to approval of the Head of School
Kamhi, Alan G. , Catts, Hugh W;
Language and reading disabilities
All other readings will be available on the LEARN site.
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.On submitting assignments, students must confirm that the work being handed in is original and their own work.
Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A 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.
Teaching and the course will be assessed through the regular use of UCTL evaluative instruments.
Work is assessed and moderated by both course lecturers and moderated by other senior academics in literacy.
All work submitted in this course would be completed using APA format and a high standard of academic writing is expected.Conduct as an educational professional is expected. Students are advised to familiarise themselves with learning online including UC Learn before the course starts.
Requests for extension should go in the first instance in writing to the lecturer responsible for the course. It is possible to have an extension of up to 2 weeks following the published date.
One resubmit is allowed for each assignment; however no grade higher than a C will be awarded to resubmitted work. 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.
Where for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course. A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process. Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations. 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 Advice team for assistance.
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).
Domestic fee $1,905.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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