Reader Development

Course code LIS606

This online reader development course provides specialist knowledge and understanding of how children and teens, and their families and whānau, develop language and literacy skills for lifelong learning.

The online course covers the importance of reading and literacy skills in supporting the intellectual, emotional and social growth of children and teens, and the role of information professionals in promoting reading and supporting lifelong learning.

You are introduced to the range of formats and literary genres that reflect the diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand’s communities. You will learn strategies for selection of reading resources, reading engagement and promotion, and will examine current issues and trends. 

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 6  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 3 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $1,840 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Explain the stages of development from birth to adolescence, the acquisition of language and literacy skills, and the information seeking and reading behaviours of children and teens, including in the context of their parents, family and whānau, and relate this to the importance of reading for supporting their intellectual, emotional and social growth.
  • Evaluate a range of books and resources that reflect the characteristics and variety of Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas children’s literature and information resources, and apply evaluative guidelines for the purchase and use of books, digital resources and other media in libraries.
  • Discuss national and international trends and issues in developing and engaging children and teen readers, including trends and issues in fiction and information resources.
  • Demonstrate skills in readers’ advisory and reading engagement with children and teens.


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.