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New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching (Level 4)

Level 4

Learn how to teach a language in UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching (Level 4).

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Online with a block course in Palmerston North

Duration: 13 weeks, full-time with part-time options available

Dates:
26 Feb 2018 - 25 May 2018
(Block course: 30 Apr 2018 - 11 May 2018)

30 Jul 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
(Block course: 17 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018)

Domestic Fees:*
$2,180.71Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching (Level 4) is an introductory language teaching qualification is for those who are or want to be a language educator in Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas. It represents a foundation level qualification for a language educator practising under broad professional guidance. 

Candidates will be proficient users of the target language, which may be English or any other language.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching (Level 4) will be able to:
  • plan lessons, under broad guidance, to respond to the language needs of learners within a specific learning context
  • analyse language, with support, for teaching purposes 
  • use learner-centred teaching strategies that respect learners’ mana and diverse backgrounds, in order to facilitate quality learning
  • deliver lessons to facilitate language learning 
  • use assessment processes to enhance language learning
  • reflect on own teaching practice and respond to feedback.

You'll have the basic knowledge and skills to teach language under guidance in the community and other informal educational settings in such roles as language tutors, teacher aides and language assistants.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Teachers.

Alternatively, you may wish to pursue further teaching study at Diploma level.

 Course Information

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Language (Level 4) teaching covers:

Language Teaching Theory (20 credits)

  • Analysing language construction in preparation for teaching a language
  • Acquiring learner-centred strategies used to facilitate language acquisition
  • Assessment methods and tools

Language Teaching Practical (20 credits)

  • Learning how to progressively plan and deliver a series of language lessons
  • Demonstrating learner-centred teaching strategies
  • Assessing learners and providing feedback
  • Reflecting on one's teaching practice and responding to feedback

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 2 (including 10 Literacy Credits at Level 2, and 10 Numeracy Credits at Level 1) 

OR

equivalent academic achievement on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

International Students International students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they meet New Zealand University Entrance requirements. Places are available to international students on a full fee basis. In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching (Level 4) comprises 40 credits.

Timetable
Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a commitment of:

  • 127 hours of lecturer supported learning 
  • 270 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on research and study to complete your written assignments)
  • A minimum of three hours spent on the practicum

The programme is offered through a blended delivery of on-line learning and a two week block course. 

Work experience
There are no work experience hours for this programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme 
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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