TECP112-23YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2023 (Distance)

Theoretical Foundations of Literacy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 26 February 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 May 2023


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 Note

Course Coordinator

Brigid McNeill


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 14 Apr 2023 35%
Lecture Contribution Tasks 50% Due Dates: March 6th, March 17th, March 31st, May 8th, May 15th
Final Task 26 May 2023 15%

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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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

  • TECP112-23YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2023 (Distance)