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ELIT198 Essential Literacy for Teaching

A basic course which explores aspects of standard English. Focuses on the development of accuracy and fluency in spoken and written language.

This paper will include:

  • Using grammar, punctuation and syntax with accuracy when writing
  • Accessing and using tools for self-assessing writing
  • Planning and structuring writing
  • Using close-reading strategies with professional texts
  • Using spoken English clearly and competently with a learner audience
  • Using language modes suited to professional settings
  • Writing with learner audiences, giving learners feedback and feed-forward

Paper title Essential Literacy for Teaching
Paper code ELIT198
Subject Education
EFTS 0.0750
Points 9 points 9 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $431.63
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,977.38

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Limited to
BEdSt, BTchg, GradDipTchg, MTchgLn

Southland: Adair Polson-Genge (

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: To be confirmed (Dunedin)
Other staff: Adair Polson-Genge (Southland)

Paper Structure
  • Using grammar, punctuation and syntax with accuracy when writing
  • Self-assessing own writing
  • Planning ideas, vocabulary and structure of own writing
  • Using close-reading strategies
  • Using written language that suits the situation
  • Teaching writing to children; giving feedback and feed-forward
Teaching Arrangements
This paper is taught on the Dunedin and Invercargill campuses.
A list of useful resources will be provided with the course outline for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

To develop students' meta-language and skills so they have the capacity to use Standard English competently in a range of professional contexts.

At the conclusion of this paper the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate control over the structures and conventions of standard written English
  • Demonstrate reflection and self assessment about one's own literacy learning
  • Demonstrate the ability to use written English in a way that is suited to situations
  • Demonstrate the ability to use strategies for academic texts closely

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:30-13:20 28-34, 36-41