EDEM617-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)

Enhancing Reading Development in Young Children at Risk

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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

Amy Scott


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 28 Apr 2024 50%
End of Course Test 07 Jun 2024 50%

Additional Course Outline Information

Important Course Information

Students are required to actively engage with all course content and activities including Zoom workshops, lecture recordings, readings, online modules, and any other requirements specified by the course coordinator, in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course.

Students are expected to notify lecturers in writing (e.g. email message) prior to their absence, with an explanation. For extended absences (3 or more days), students should apply to the course coordinator. Extended absences must be accompanied by supporting evidence, e.g. medical certificate. Alternative tasks that demonstrate engagement with course content missed due to absences must be completed if provided.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* 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

  • EDEM617-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)