TECP112-21YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2021 (Distance)

Theoretical Foundations of Literacy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 February 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 28 May 2021


This is a 100 level compulsory BTchLn (Primary) course which focuses on the assessment and facilitation of foundational skills for literacy success (oral language, phonological awareness and letter-sound knowledge) within the New Zealand classroom. Students will learn to apply their knowledge of these skills to the assessment and teaching of reading and writing. The course links the New Zealand Curriculum (2007), theoretical underpinnings and research base to the oral and written language assessment and teaching strategies explored. The knowledge and use of writing conventions within a professional context are also explored.

*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Learning Outcomes

  • On the successful completion of this course, participants will:
  • Be familiar with the foundations of early reading and writing success (including phonological awareness, letter-sound knowledge, oral language and contextual information)
  • Understand oral language structure (phonology, morphology, semantics and syntax) and its relationship to early reading, writing and spelling development
  • Understand how to assess children’s literacy skills in oral language, reading and writing within the classroom
  • Be familiar with the developmental progressions of learning to speak, read, write and spell
  • Understand and apply reading and writing approaches (to, with and by learners)
  • Appropriately assess children’s oral language, reading, writing and spelling skills in the classroom
  • Articulate prominent theories of oral language, reading, writing and spelling development and apply research and theoretical models to oral language, reading, writing and spelling instruction within the classroom

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 009
15 Feb - 21 Feb

Timetable Note

Course Coordinator

Brigid McNeill


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 35% Due date: To be confirmed
In Class Task 50% Due date: To be confirmed
Lecture Contributions 15% Due date: To be confirmed

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Gillon, Gail T; Phonological awareness :from research to practice; Second edition; The Guilford Press, 2018.

Moats, Louisa Cook; Speech to print :language essentials for teachers; 2nd ed; Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 2010.

There are no required texts for this course.  Readings will be provided throughout the course.

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


Students must participate in the course sufficiently to meet the learning outcomes.


Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to teaching staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.

Grade moderation

The College  of Education, Health and Human Development undertakes a process of internal and external moderation of assessment. This is to ensure that the assessment system is fair, equitable, consistent and manageable.

Late submission of work

Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after the assignments have been returned to students.

Requests for extensions

Under exceptional circumstances (e.9. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. There is, however, a limit to the length of time that an extension can be granted and this should be negotiated with the relevant lecturer in the first instance. Extensions will not normally be given for longer than one week from the due date, unless exceptional circumstances prevail. Extensions are not granted automatically to students.

Requests for extensions should be emailed to the Course Lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required in order for the lecturer to make a decision about whether or not to grant an extension. A copy of the lecturer's email confirming the extension (if granted) and any supporting documentation must be attached to and submitted with the assignment.

Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due at about the same time. Students are encouraged to plan their work in a realistic manner and in advance so that they can meet their assessment deadlines.

Special Considerations

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.

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

On Campus Assignments submitted in Hard Copy
On campus students assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet to the Assignment Room, Level 2, Rehua building, by 5.00pm, or time directed by course lecturer, on or before the due date.

Pick up Arrangements: It is your responsibility to pick each assignment up from the Academic Services Team. Lecturers will not follow up on resubmits and fails. This is your responsibility.

On Campus Assignments submitted via Learn
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.

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 $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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 TECP112 Occurrences

  • TECP112-21YC1 (C) Year C First Half 2021
  • TECP112-21YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2021 (Distance)