TECP315-24YC2 (C) Year C Second Half 2024

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

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 8 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


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 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
26 Aug - 29 Sep
14 Oct - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 Rehua 101 Lectorial
26 Aug - 29 Sep
14 Oct - 20 Oct
Online A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Live Stream Available
26 Aug - 29 Sep

Timetable Note

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jocelyn Howard


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Case Study Report 40%
ESOL Planning 60%

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

Additional Course Outline Information

Important Course Information

Course Attendance and Participation
General Requirements: This BTchLn qualification is designed to prepare you for entry into the teaching profession. Attendance enables you to demonstrate key aspects from ‘Our Code, Our Standards’ (Education Council, New Zealand, 2017); specifically, your commitment to the teaching profession and your commitment to learners.  The UC General Conditions for Credit Regulations (general-regs-general-conditions-for-credit-regulations.pdf (canterbury.ac.nz) section 3 a) states “A student seeking course credit must engage satisfactorily in all required course-related activity, work and assessment specified in the course outlines.”  Subsequently for all students (campus or distance), attendance at all scheduled course sessions, and independent engagement with associated course content (online), is a course requirement.  

Attendance On-Campus: Students are required to attend and participate in course activities / learning and engage with materials sufficiently to meet the course learning outcome and the UC General Conditions for Credit Regulations. On-campus students must also demonstrate regular and sustained engagement with all of the compulsory online course content to be eligible to seek course credit and receive a passing grade for this course.  

Absences: Students must notify course lecturer prior to their absence (via email) from any scheduled course sessions with an explanation. Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar. Absent students may be required to complete and submit tasks that demonstrate engagement with the content from missed classes to meet the course requirements.

Assessment Guidelines
Assignments are graded according to the UC assessment policy and common grading scale.  
All assignments in this course must be submitted and passed. The score for each assessment item will be aggregated for the final grade.  Final grades will be calculated and reported using the UC Common Grading Scale.

Assessment Submission: Normally, assignments will be submitted and returned via the Learn site. It is the responsibility of the students to check their emails at least twice a week and ensure Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system is functioning. 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.

It is a student’s responsibility to uplift marked work and feedback in a timely manner. It is strongly recommended that students retain a back-up copy of all submitted work via UC Office 365 cloud storage. Marks for assignments will be communicated electronically, through Gradebook. Turnitin (plagiarism checking software) may be used to check for plagiarism.

Late Work: Work is considered late if it is handed in after an assignment due date, without an extension having been applied for and granted. Late work will be accepted for marking up to 24 hours late, however the assignment grade will be restricted to a minimum passing grade (C- or 52.5%). Work submitted more than 24hr late will normally not be marked unless there are exceptional circumstances. Late work is also automatically excluded from a resubmission opportunity unless there are exceptional circumstances.  

Extensions: Extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only and are not granted automatically. The course coordinator may approve extensions and must be contacted by email a minimum of two working days before the due date, and the application must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from counsellor). If an extension is granted there will normally be no resubmission opportunity given for that assignment. An extension will normally be for no more than two weeks and the date of the extension will be provided to the student in writing. The extension date will also be recorded in Gradebook. Extensions will not be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time.  

Academic and professional integrity: Honesty and integrity are important qualities for teachers. Students need to become familiar with Our Code, our Standards the ethical code for teachers. Also, students need to be familiar with the risks of plagiarism and how to avoid these. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty. The UC Library has useful information on plagiarism and how to avoid it. Academic integrity involves acting honestly, ethically, fairly and respecting others in teaching, learning, research and administration. Academic integrity means producing honest and ethical work and is one of the key foundations to being a good student and is a key principle at UC.  While you may be tempted to use AI text generators like ChatGPT, please be aware that using such text in your assignments may amount to academic misconduct, unless your lecturers have stated that this is allowed and you follow their instructions as to how you should do this. It is also important to retain evidence of your document history and revisions as you might be asked to evidence how you developed your assignment.   It is also important to use OneDrive as your repository for UC work as this cloud storage system will save version histories of your documents.  Please refer to the post in Tūpono | The Insider’s Guide to UC which can be found here: Can I use AI (like ChatGPT) in my UC work? - Tūpono | The Insider's Guide to UC (canterbury.ac.nz) and the Misconduct Procedures - Guide for Students for more information.   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 and the College of Education Assessment Guidelines for Students.  

Assessed work in Te Reo Māori: Recognising that Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use the Māori language in assessment. See Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy. Please note that if you want to submit work that is written in te reo, you need to advise the course coordinator no later than 10 working days after the start of the course. This is to allow the University sufficient time to make arrangements for translation and marking. Course coordinators will notify the registry of the need for support for assessment of course work in Māori, and the Office of the AVC Māori works with students to support them with the process and ensure fair and appropriate assessment procedures are in place.

Resubmissions: The decision to grant a resubmission will be made by the course coordinator and will be subject to the student concerned having demonstrated a regular and sustained level of course engagement. Normally a resubmit will only be considered for assignments which meet most of the pass criteria and the tertiary literacy standards, and which are within the ‘D’ range (40.00 – 49.99%).  Assignments which have been resubmitted are restricted to a minimum passing grade (C- or 52.5%) for that assessment. Students may only be granted one resubmission per course.   The timeframe for students resubmitting work will normally be no more than two weeks and the date of the resubmission must be provided to the student in writing.  

Partial Exemption of assessment in a course: A student who has had a previous enrolment in the course can apply for assessment results that received a passing grade to be carried over. Students must email the Course Coordinator within the first two weeks of the course and include the following details in the application: a) their name and student ID number b) the year of the prior enrolment and course delivery method (e.g., Distance) c) the name of the assessment(s) and d) their assessment result(s). The Course Coordinator will convey the outcome of the request to the student via email within two weeks of receiving the application. Changes to course content, course assessments and assessment weightings may impact the ability for assessment results to be carried over.  

Special Considerations: Special Consideration for assessment is for students who have covered the work of a course but have been prevented from demonstrating their knowledge or skills at the time of the assessment (worth 10% or more) due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, bereavement or other critical circumstances outside of their control at the time of the assessment. Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control, where:
they have suffered an acute illness, injury, or other reasonably unforeseeable circumstances:
i.    which has prevented them from completing any major item(s) of work for assessment in a course; or
ii.   which has impaired their performance (including by interruption of pre-assessment revision) to the extent that the result(s) are likely to underestimate their true and evidenced level of mastery of the material in the course; or
i.    they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; or
ii.   they are members of a national cultural group on tour nationally or internationally.

Further details are available at Special Consideration | University of Canterbury. Please note that applications must be supported by evidence and must be submitted no later than five working days after the assessment due date.  

Special consideration for late discontinuation: Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course.
Further details are available at Special Consideration | University of Canterbury. Please note that applications must be supported by evidence and must be submitted no later than five working days after the assessment due date.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* 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

  • TECP315-24YC2 (C) Year C Second Half 2024
  • TECP315-24YC2 (D) Year C Second Half 2024 (Distance)