TECP315-23YC2 (C) Year C Second Half 2023

Language, Culture and Identity: Enhancing Educational Experiences and Outcomes for Diverse Learners

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 10 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 23 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 October 2023


This course develops pre-service teachers' cultural self-efficacy and extends their abilities to recognise and address key issues for learners from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The content includes effective pedagogies for culturally diverse learners, establishing learning partnerships, first language development, and meeting the needs of students learning English as an additional language in mainstream classrooms and early childhood settings. The course extends the knowledge, skills and dispositions developed in other courses in the BTchLn, including Professional Practice. This course also provides scaffolding for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (endorsed in Teaching and Learning Languages) offered at the University of Canterbury. The course will complement learning in other courses in the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, including Professional Practice.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of factors that negatively and positively impact the engagement, motivation and achievement of learners from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
2. Analyse a range of ways in which schools and early childhood settings support English and/or bilingual development for children and families from diverse language and cultural backgrounds;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how to build and sustain effective learning partnerships with the families and communities of diverse learners;
4. Critique, select and apply second language teaching theories and methodologies to design lessons, units, experiences and resources which enable children to increase proficiency in their home language(s) and/or participate in learning effectively in English in mainstream primary classrooms or early childhood settings;
5. Justify the selection of teaching approaches and strategies with reference to relevant literature and identified learner needs;
6. Use a range of technologies appropriately to support and enhance content-based language teaching and independent language learning.


A minimum of 90 points from 200 level BTchLn (Early Childhood) or BTchLn (Primary) courses, including TEPI and TEPP courses.

Timetable Note

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jocelyn Howard


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Case Study Report 15 Sep 2023 50%
ESOL Planning 13 Oct 2023 50%

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

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Gibbons, Pauline; Scaffolding language, scaffolding learning : teaching English language learners in the mainstream classroom ; Second edition;

First or Second Edition are both suitable

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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 70

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All TECP315 Occurrences

  • TECP315-23YC2 (C) Year C Second Half 2023
  • TECP315-23YC2 (D) Year C Second Half 2023 (Distance)