Course Title: Read and write straight forward texts for research purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: LANG5623

Course Title: Read and write straight forward texts for research purposes

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3233 - Certificate III in ESL (Further Study)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli

karen Gao

Marcelle Damicoucas

Jane Saunders


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 for research purposes. The focus of this unit is on developing reading, notetaking and research writing skills in English to produce straightforward research based
texts relevant to study needs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU525 Read and write straight forward texts for research purposes


1.  Read information from texts for a range of research purposes


Performance Criteria:

1.2 Locate and access relevant online and paper based texts
Read information from
texts for a range of
research purposes
1.3 Scan text and select information relevant to research purpose
1.4 Use reading strategies to identify main ideas, some details
and opinions in the relevant sections of the texts
1.5 Assess the usefulness of the text for the research purpose


2. Record specific information from texts for a study task

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review the study task and identify the information required to
complete the task for a study task
2.2 Source appropriate texts and evaluate relevance of each for
the study task
2.3 Read and review what has been read
2.4 Use a range of commonly recognised methods to record
relevant information clearly
2.5 Organise the information gained from reading to fit the
research purpose
2.6 Review notes for accuracy and clarity


3. Write a text based on research

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine the audience an Write a text based on d purpose for the written text
3.2 Establish any formal requirements for the text
3.3 Locate, select and record research information
3.4 Develop an outline plan for the text using researched material
3.5 Sequence key points and supporting information into required
format using sequenced paragraphs


4. Reference resources used in research based text

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Confirm the required format and content for references
according to the study task
4.2 Produce a list of references using the required referencing format
4.3 Check accuracy of references


5. Undertake a review of written texts

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use proofreading and editing processes to review text
written texts
5.2 Review text for clarity of content, expression, structure and
sequence of ideas
5.3 Check text meets requirements
5.4 Seek feedback on the text from a support person
5.5 Review feedback and edit text accordingly
5.6 Submit final draft as required

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

  • The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Speaking and Listening. They contribute directly to the achievement of Reading 2+ / 3 and Writing 2+ / 3
  • The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 3. 

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in ESL (Further Study) 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 in part covers the speaking and listening macro skills addressed in the certificate.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:

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.

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include formal letters, course applications, essays, and short reports. You will:

  • do a research project
  • write formal letters
  • take notes from a range of complex texts
  • develop a writing folio which includes extended written texts
  • learn to locate and record references used
  • reflect on issues and your own learning
  • learn about research and report writing
  • learn to plan, draft and proofread your work.
  • construct formatted texts for study purposes
  • become familiar with academic discourse

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

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 22 July – Fri 6 December, 2013

Term Break: Mon 23 September – Sun 5 October 2013

Public holidays: Tue 5 November (Melbourne Cup Day)


Teaching schedule

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU555 The assessment tasks have been put in bold to match the unit of competency. The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course

WEEKVPAU525 Read and Write texts for Research


22 July


welcome lunch

Diagnostic test


29 July

Minor & major offences

Read newspaper reports on crimes and answer questions


5 Aug

 Assessment task

Write a letter as a tenant/landlord

Teacher to collect


12 Aug

 Read information text online & paper based (police) identify main ideas

Write a report/short text using references correctly


19 Aug

 Assessment task- write a short report of the police talk

1st draft to be completed in class and taken up by teacher


26 Aug

 Documentary (DVD) punishment in Australia. Informit/ABC/SBS/

Listen and take notes and short answer questions


2 Sept

 Students will read text related to punishment/including statistics/students collect information and write a short compare and contrast essay on punishments

Folio piece (Not necessarily assess task)

Law vocab quiz


9 Sept

 Collection of folio

Complete 2nd drafts of assessment tasks



16 Sept

 Mid-Semester Interview


23 Sept

 Read texts about magistrates court of Melb and features of the court system/answer questions/research

introduce court vocab spelling test

Law vocab quiz


10 Oct

 Students will write a report based on their magistrates court excursion


17 Oct



24 Oct

 Assess task: Students read texts and analyse texts 9graphs/pie charts/interviews/Reports/documentries on types of crimes in Australia/Statistics/Location

Analyse texts write a short report.


7 Nov

 Students read text and analyse texts (graphs/pie charts/interviews/Reports/documentaries on types of crimes in Australia/Statistics/Locations

Analyse texts write a short report

**Check 1st draft


14 Nov

 Assessment task on students read texts and analyse texts (graphs/pie charts/interviews/Reports/documentaries on types of crimes in Australia/Statistics/Locations

Analyse texts write a short report.

***Report Due


21 Nov



28 Nov



6 Dec

 Volunteer and resume workshop


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

Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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 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: 

  • Individual & group reports
  • Online research
  • Completion of research grids
  • Book Reviews

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 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 tasks:

Summative assessments:

 Assessment 7 Magistrates’ Court research project Due: Weeks 11 & 12
This task involves researching skills, discussion and report writing. Students will start the task by reading and doing online research of the court system in Australia and exploring the virtual tour. They then listen and take notes at the court room through an excursion to Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The task will culminate in report writing about the research, excursion and case study. The task involves computer skills assisting online research, reading, analysing, note taking, vocabulary development, grammar development and referencing.

Assessment 8 Australian Law guest speaker research project Due: Week 13
This is a task which focuses on summary writing. It involves preparing for writing a report by listening to the guest speaker, taking notes, and planning and writing up a report. It involves listening, note taking, summarising, vocabulary and grammar development and paragraph writing. Students will take notes whilst listening to the guest speaker and participate in small group discussion and expressing opinions with evidence and examples. Students will also evaluate their participation in the discussion and identify areas for improvement.

Assessment 10 Research report: Group oral presentations Due: Weeks 16 & 17
This task utilises the research from the report and involves planning and presenting a formal group oral presentation using PowerPoint of 15-20 minutes. The task also provides opportunities for peer assessment and self evaluation.

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

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

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

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

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