Course Title: Read and write straightforward descriptive and narrative texts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: LANG5815

Course Title: Read and write straightforward descriptive and narrative texts

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3311 - Certificate III in EAL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou / Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact /

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli  94.3.16   email: 

Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers reading and writing skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English. The focus of this unit is on reading and writing straightforward digital and/or print descriptive and narrative texts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21469 Read and write straightforward descriptive and narrative texts


1 Read a straightforward descriptive text

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the topic of the straightforward descriptive text
1.2 Analyse the conventions and discourse features of descriptive text
1.3 Scan text to locate specific details


2 Write a straightforward descriptive text

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Plan and draft a written description
2.2 Produce written description using suitable vocabulary and grammar with appropriate register
2.3 Sequence description using paragraph structure
2.4 Proofread and correct final draft


3 Read a range of straightforward narrative texts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Scan straightforward narrative and identify the context and topic
3.2 Note the structure and discourse features of the texts
3.3 Identify conventions of narrative texts
3.4 Scan text to locate specific details


4 Write a straightforward narrative text

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Plan and draft a narrative text
4.2 Select and order text using appropriate paragraph structure
4.3 Use appropriate vocabulary and grammar to convey meaning
4.4 Proofread and correct final draft

Learning Outcomes


Students will develop English reading and writing skills in a range of formal and informal situations. Areas such as culture, social interaction and vocational or study-related fields will be explored.

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+ and Writing 2+
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 (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 covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

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 personal and imaginative texts
  • read and write straightforward informational and instructional texts
  • analyse news articles in newspapers and  television.


In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include descriptive and narrative texts  and short reports. You will:

  • do a film review
  • descriptive text
  • write an informative/narrative  text
  • write reflective text


Teaching Schedule

 This program is of 18 weeks duration. Week one is induction week.

Program Dates: 10 - 14 February: Induction Week
17 February - 20 June, 2014
Public Holiday
Labour Day 10 March,2014
Good Friday 18 April, 2014
ANZAC Day 25 April, 2014

Mid Semester Break
18 April - 25 April, 2014

 This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. This unit is clustererd with VU21481 Research Events in Australian History post 1770. The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course.

Teaching Schedule

Cert III in EAL (Access) Semester 1 2013.

Week    VU21469 Read and Write straightforward descriptive and narrative texts
1Diagnostic Reading and Wrting Test , Sentence structure:simple and compound sentence structure,  Subject, verb Object
2Paragraph Structure:topic sentences . Verb tenses-siimple present and agreements
3Language development:adjectives, adverbs, vocabulary extension-synonyms and antonyms, Conventions of descriptive text
4Assessment Task: Write a Descriptive Text
5Reading comprehension skills: narrative text,  Scan texts to locate information,reported speech
6Reading skills: , Scan texts to locate information.Conventions of a narrative text
7Assessment Task:  Write a reflective Narrative Text
8Read a descriptive text and locate information
9Cohesive devices
10Mid Semester Indivudual Progress Interviews
11Scan text to locate specific details
12Assessment Task:Write a Descriptive Text and give an Oral Presentation
13Analyse structure and  feautres of discourse features of texts
14Analysing texts and proofreading texts skills
15Assessment Task :Write a Historical  Narrative Text
16writing skills,vocabulary extension Mid
17Revision of language skills
18Results Released


**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.

Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Exit review

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

Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

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

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent.

Students will be assessed orally and  through a portfolio of comprehension exercises, essays, notetaking and research.


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 policy 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 see

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.
Assessment tasks:

Summative Assessments

Assessment Task 3 : Write a descriptive text:- Week 4

This is a task which focuses on reading descriptive texts and  developing skills of descriptive writing skills. Read and write a descriptive text  following conventions and discourse features of descriptive writing.

Assessment Task 6 Write a narrative text:- Week 7

This task focuses on reading narrative texts, analysing conventions of descriptive writing skills. Read and Write a Narrative text about early Australian Explorers

Assessment Task : 12    Write a descriptive text based on Cultural Traditions.  Week 12

This task focuses on developing descriptive writing skills and sequencing information coherently and logically.

Assessment task 14    Write an Australian History  narrative report. Week 15

This task focuses on reading texts and locating information and then using the information to write a  the narrative writing text

 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.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview