TECP202-23YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2023 (Distance)

Language, Social and Cultural Studies

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 course introduces contemporary thinking related to cultural studies, language teaching and learning, and social science education in the revised New Zealand Curriculum (2007). The course develops the knowledge, confidence, skills, attitudes and dispositions needed to successfully plan, teach and evaluate programmes in Learning Languages, Social Sciences and ESOL, and provides a theoretical and practical framework for responsive teaching that takes account of the diverse backgrounds of children in New Zealand primary school community contexts. Students will be introduced to resources, pedagogical strategies and approaches appropriate to teaching Social Sciences and Languages (including English as a Second Language, NZSL, te reo Maori and other languages). The course will complement learning in other courses in the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, including Professional Practice.

*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 able to:
  • demonstrate an awareness of the way in which the vision, principles and values of the New Zealand Curriculum are enacted  through Learning Languages, Social Studies, and ESOL, and the interrelationships of these with other learning areas and with the provisions of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • articulate the theoretical underpinnings and relevant research related to Learning Languages, Social Studies, ESOL and cultural studies
  • demonstrate familiarity with current policies, curriculum documents, support materials and appropriate resources for Learning Languages, Social Studies, ESOL and cultural studies
  • apply second language teaching methodology in the context of planning effective language lessons
  • plan for English language development across the curriculum for English as an Additional Language learners
  • demonstrate an awareness of conceptual issues related to identity construction, bi- and multiculturalism and bi- and multilingualism, and factors that contribute to cross-cultural misunderstandings
  • identify and apply strategies to address potential barriers to learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students, including Māori and Pasifika students
  • demonstrate knowledge of the nature, content and guidelines of Social Sciences in the New Zealand Curriculum to design, deliver, assess and evaluate effective Social Studies programmes
  • effectively use the social inquiry approach to critically examine multiple perspectives in relation to key concepts and issues in local, national and global contexts that frame teaching and learning in Social Sciences
  • utilise digital technologies to support teaching and learning in Learning Languages, Social Studies and ESOL

Timetable Note


Students enrolled in TECP202 -23YC1(D) are required to attend a compulsory face-to-face sessions at an On-Site Intensive (OSI) in Christchurch

Any costs, including travel, accommodation, childcare etc. associated with attendance at the On-Site Intensive are met by the student

Course Coordinator

Jocelyn Howard


Richard Manning and Nikki Tod


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Language and Culture Portfolio 10% Engagement tasks - Each Lecture
Language and Culture Portfolio 20 Mar 2023 45% Application of Theories of Language Learning
Social Studies 24 Apr 2023 45% Inquiry Planning and Justification

Students must pass all assessment requirements to obtain a final passing grade for this course.  Final grades will be determined at an examiners meeting and reported using the UC common grading system.

Textbooks / Resources

No required textbooks.
Links to all readings are provided on the TECP202 LEARN site.

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 TECP202 Occurrences

  • TECP202-23YC1 (C) Year C First Half 2023
  • TECP202-23YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2023 (Distance)