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Language Teaching Programme Launched at UCOL

By UCOL on Friday, 03 August 2018

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UCOL is helping to address the current nation-wide English Language teaching shortage by offering an opportunity for those interested to become language teachers through the new course, New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching (NZCLT - English as a Second Language). 

The introductory language teaching qualification is a part time course spanning over 26 weeks and produces skilled language tutors, teacher aides and language assistants. Throughout the course students will learn how to analyse language construction in preparation for teaching a language, acquire learner-centred strategies used to facilitate language acquisition and learn how to progressively plan and deliver a series of language lessons.  

With recent statistics showing 40 per cent of secondary schools are unable to find teachers to fill specialist roles, UCOL’s Education Head of School, Dr. Bridget Percy says this course will be highly beneficial in helping teachers out, 

“The NZCLT gives students studying this qualification the knowledge and skills to teach language under guidance in the community and other informal educational settings. This support will enable teachers to focus more on their students and also allow students to have more ‘one on one’ teaching if required.” 

The NZCLT is recognised overseas and Dr. Percy believes that the course would be ideal for recent bachelor graduates and/or people who want to earn while on an overseas experience.

“This course is a great way for students to gain a competitive advantage in a highly sought after field. With economic improvements, a shrinking graduate pool of English as Second Language teachers and increased competition in the labour market overseas, there is a huge demand for teachers to fill language roles both in NZ and overseas.” 

The certificate is designed to be flexible with student’s everyday lives with the first course beginning on 30 July 2018 – 25 January 2019. This programme is still taking enrolments.