Course Title: Read and write simple routine informational and instructional texts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: LANG5642

Course Title: Read and write simple routine informational and instructional texts

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C2180 - Certificate II in ESL (Access)

Course Contact : Bloss Robertson, Soosan Kian

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488 + 61399259494

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Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


Course Description

This unit of competency describes reading and writing performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language backgrounds other than English. The focus of this unit is on reading and writing skills in English to understand for informational and instructional texts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU500 Read and write simple routine informational and instructional texts


Element 1  Read online and paper based information texts

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Scan information text and identify the context and topic.
1.2 Identify the main ideas or issues
1.3 Locate supporting information or examples


Element 2  Follow simple written directions or instructions

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the context and purpose of the directions or
2.2 Locate important details about how the directions or
instructions should be followed and any required actions


Element 3  Write a simple information text

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Confirm audience and purpose for the information text
3.2 Plan a simple information text
3.3 Locate relevant information and record details
3.4 Select and order information
3.5 Use appropriate vocabulary and grammar to convey
3.6 Proofread and correct final draft


Element 4  Compose a short written text about a familiar situation, event or experience

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Confirm audience and purpose for a short written text about a familiar situation, event or experience
4.2 Plan and draft text
4.3 Use simple sentences and connectives to develop short
4.4 Use appropriate vocabulary and grammar to convey
meaning, expressing ideas, opinions or feelings
4.5 Proofread and correct final draft

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

  • Performance criteria of all four elements
  • The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 2 and Writing 2


the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 2

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate II in ESL (Access) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. 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.

This unit applies to participants using reading and writing skills in English to satisfy basic social requirements and needs as community member, citizen and consumer of goods or services. The situations
in which these skills are applied are varied, and can be related to study, community, recreation or workplace contexts. The contexts of the conversations and transactions will generally be familiar, such as shopping, transport, work, recreation, community and
school/college, but may involve communication with people outside of their own immediate circle.

Teaching Schedule

This is an 18 week program:

Program Dates: Mon 6 February – Fri 15 June 2012
Term Break: Mon 9 April – Fri 13 April 2012
Public holidays: Mon 12 March (Labour Day), Fri 6 April (Good Friday)Wed 25 April (ANZAC DAY) Mon 11 June 2012 (Queen’s Birthday)
Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Guest speakers
• Excursions
• Exit review

Orientation is part of the introduction of the integrated program of the second language acquisition.
All students will be inducted. The induction includes
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
• RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts but it is recommended that students avail themselves of the many ESL resources available in the RMIT Library.


Other Resources

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 Brunswick Library very cheaply)
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all the 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 reading and writing a news article, online text, poster/flyer class report/project, classroom tasks, homework and mid-term interviews.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class both oral and written, 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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter (  summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc  

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.

Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

The tasks will include:
• read news and or online articles, class reports
• responses to the media
• individual assignments, projects and oral presentations
• class participation including group and pair work.

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 occassions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview