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Unisa Short Learning Programmes
Programme for Teachers of Language in Primary Schools (70386)


To provide the opportunity for primary school teachers through the use of 

language methodologies of the Molteno Institute and other methodologies to gain knowledge and skills in learner-centred language teaching at the Foundation and Intermediate phases. Quality training in the practice and theory of language teaching will be offered. 

Target group

Teachers who are involved in teaching language and literacy in the primary school 

Admission requirements

Senior Certificate plus an initial two year primary school teaching certificate plus students have to be practicing primary school teachers 


One year 

Language medium


Registration periods

01 December to 28 February 

Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning through a combination of tutorial letters, study guides, assignments, scheduled workshops and school-based support visits 

Kind of assessment


Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies 

Formative assessment: 

A compulsory written assignment involving school-based exercises, projects and self-assessment 

Summative assessment: 

A teaching practice module in which evidence of competence in teaching literacy students in the primary school is provided 

Literacy, Language and Communication Teaching (PLLC01F)
Syllabus/Content Topics

Language acquisition, multilingualism, speaking and 



Language acquisition and different styles of literacy learning 

Multilingualism and issues of the LOLT 

Literacy, Language and Communication Teaching: Extension (PLLC02G)
Syllabus/Content Topics

Teaching reading and writing 


Various approaches to the teaching of reading 

Shared and paired reading 

The classroom as a print-rich environment 

Teaching emergent, creative and expressive writing 

Facilitating a Literacy Teaching Programme in the Reception Year (PLLC03H)
Syllabus/Content Topics

School based practice involving the implementation of the methods taught in modules PLLCO1F and PLLCO2G 

Teaching Practice (PLLC04J)
Syllabus/Content Topics

Classroom management, developing LTSM and teaching practice 


Classroom management skills 

Developing Learning and Teaching Support Materials (LTSM) Teaching practice 

Course leader

Dr. M. M. Machaba 

Telephone: (012) 429 4819 

Programme administrator(s)

Tel: 012 429 4627 / 4789 / 4817 

Fax: 012 429 4800 / 086 548 9968 


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