Course Title: Intermediate reading skills for news and current affairs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: GEDU5495

Course Title: Intermediate reading skills for news and current affairs

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3211 - Certificate III in Spoken and Written English

Course Contact : Jennifer Chamberlain

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9476

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This module covers the reading skills required to locate and interpret media texts. It includes reading newspaper stories and interpreting visual texts which support these stories.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CSWEIIII Intermediate reading skills for news and current affairs


Demonstrate understanding of a news article

Performance Criteria:

Identify topic of article
Demonstrate understanding of main information in article
Demonstrate understanding of details
Identify people/organisations referred to in article
Demonstrate understanding of information given by sources


Interpret visual texts

Performance Criteria:

Identify type of visual text/s, eg photos with captions, graphs
Identify purpose of visual text/s in relation to news article
Identify information conveyed in visual text/s
Demonstrate understanding of accompanying text, eg photo captions


Locate news and current affairs articles and in media publications

Performance Criteria:

Locate through, eg web page menu, contents list, search
Scan for relevant information, eg rollover text, headings, visual

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:
Performance criteria of 3 learning outcomes
The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors 1+-2

Details of Learning Activities

Evidence may be gathered through, eg.

  • learner documents
  • verbal and/or written questioning
  • checklists  

Teaching Schedule

This is a 20 week program:
Program dates: 16th July- 14th December, 2012
Term break: Fri 21st September - 5th October, 2012
Public Holiday: 6th November, 2012 (Melbourne Cup Day)
Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Guest speakers
• Excursions

All students will be inducted. The induction includes

AMEP handbook outlining student rights and responsibilities, grievance procedure and services information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in student diary.
Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction) and campus facilities

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course learning materials are provided by the teachers
but it is recommended that you bring
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
Writing materials

Overview of Assessment

that describe a standard of performance. The criteria allows the learner to participate actively in the assessment process. The learner is given as many opportunities as practicable to achieve each outcome.
Learner is clearly informed that assessment is taking place and feedback on performance is given for each assessment.
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

Assessments may be gathered through, eg.

  • learner documents
  • verbal and/or written questioning
  • checklists

Assessment Matrix

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