Course Title: Analyse and produce straightforward texts relevant to further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: LANG5821

Course Title: Analyse and produce straightforward texts relevant to further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3310 - Certificate III in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou and Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact Email: baia.tsakouridou@rmit.edu.au, bloss.robertson@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Chamberlain jennifer.chamberlain@rmit.edu.au

Tim Morris tim.morris@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit of competency describes reading and writing performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English for further study purposes. In this unit you will focus on developing reading and writing skills in English for a range of straightforward formal text types related to a range of study needs such as essay writing, case studies and short answers required in exams. It also includes the reading and writing skills needed to function effectively in the further study environment.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21502 Analyse and produce straightforward texts relevant to further study

Element:

1 Examine a range of model texts relevant to study
 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine the range of model texts relevant to further study and locate samples
1.2 Analyse the purpose and audience requirements of each text
1.3 Identify the role of the writer in each text
1.4 Analyse the structure and discourse features of the text
1.5 Identify specific layout and formatting features

Element:

2 Compose a range of straightforward texts for study related purposes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the audience, purpose and topic for the written text
2.2 Confirm any formal requirements for the text
2.3 Gather required information and design an outline plan for the text
2.4 Compose draft text
 

Element:

3 Undertake a review of constructed texts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Check text meets requirements of audience and purpose
3.2 Review and edit key grammatical and spelling and punctuation features
3.3 Determine clarity of information and vocabulary
3.4 Redraft text and submit final draft as required
3.5 List improvements and strategies to assist future writing
 


Learning Outcomes


 

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

• The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 2+
/ 3 and Writing 2+ / 3

and

• the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence for Reading and Writing at Level 3


Details of Learning Activities

 

This unit is part of Certificate III in EAL (Further Study) which is an integrated program. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan

The Weekly Program Delivery Plan is a detailed outline of what activities you will be undertaking in each session on a weekly basis. You can access this via Blackboard (Mystudies) on the first day of each teaching week.


This unit covers the reading and writing  macro skills addressed in the certificate.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:
READING
You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context. You will:
• read , analyse and review complex texts for research purposes
• read extended personal and imaginative texts
• read opinion texts
• study items in the news every week and compare television and newspaper news.

WRITING
In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your knowledge of grammar, sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. You will:
• research and write a report
• develop a writing folio which includes a variety of written texts 
• reflect on issues in the news
• develop a writing folio which includes extended written texts
• learn to locate and record references used
• learn about research and report writing
• learn to plan, draft and proof read work

construct formal text for study purposes




The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.


Teaching Schedule

Program dates

13th July - 20th November, 2015
Public Holiday
Melbourne Cup Day 3th November, 2015

Mid Semester break
21st September - 2nd October, 2015

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VU21501(LANG5819) Read and write straightforward texts for research and VU21504 (LANG5820) Use language learning strategies and Study skills.
The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course


Teaching schedule

 

WeekVU21502 Analyse and produce straightforward texts relevant to further study

VU21502

ELEMENTS

VU21501

ELEMENTS

VU21504

ELEMENTS

1

Looking at the structure of a text, grammar used and identifying main ideas

Write a short text



 

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2Reading texts to look at tenses used, locate information. Write paragraphs by sequencing information and selecting topic sentence
           



 

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3Using conjunctions appropriately. Reading  report to look at paragraphs and topic sentence. Structuring a written report, introductions and conclusions

 
 

 

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4Research a topic to evaluate resources. Taking notes, using conditionals, adjective use

 

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5Excursion to visit Melbourne’s historic buildings. Research selected topic. Drafting report. Discussing grammar terminology to edit work
          
          
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6Researching information and appropriate citing of texts  using Harvard system, in text referencing. Planning an outline of a report. Writing an introduction. Tense forms

 
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7Writing Paragraphs
Integrating Ideas
Summarising
 
 

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8Model report and look at use of articles. Organizing researched information into outline for report 1

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9Reading for information and analysing references. Planning and drafting report, self correct             

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10Mid Semester Interviews

 

 

 

            


 

 
11Assessment Task 9: Writing a report on Melbourne

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12Reading current affairs and writing a short opinion. Looking at reference sources on the same topic

 

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13In text referencing and summarizing information. Locating errors in writing. Reported speech. Reading a news report
 

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14    Reading news reports and using statistics and facts from research in writing

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15Assessment Task 4: Read and Write about a current issue


 

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16Overview of grammatical structures taught. Review of vocabulary

 

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17Writing a formal report using structures and skills taught

 

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**The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT

There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring:

• English-English dictionary (we ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
• Thesaurus
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
• USB (Memory stick)


Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by completion of

an assessment folio which includes:

  • short answers
  • summaries of texts
  • informative texts  

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/ summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks:

Assessment task 4: Read and Write about a Current Issue . This task involves reading a number of news articles from different sources in class,  researching one of the topics analysed and plan and write a report. The writing must show evidence of reviewing and editing work and sources of information have to be referenced.

Assessment task 9: Report on Melbourne: This assessment task is a researched report on a building in Melbourne showing the stages of drafting, proof reading and editing of writing and correct referencing of references used.

 

Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks may include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.
 


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. To sucessfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.


You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT

Other Information

 Attendance
Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academicprogress
 

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress
 

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Extension www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy
www.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity

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