Course Title: Read and write a range of complex or extended texts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: LANG5600

Course Title: Read and write a range of complex or extended texts

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4243 - Certificate IV in ESL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

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


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 

Lucy Annetta 94.3.16 email: lucy.annetta@rmit.edu.au

Melanie Kyle 94.3.16 email: melanie.kyle@rmit.edu.au

Caroline McEnroe 94.3.22 email: caroline.mcenroe@rmit.edu.au

Betty Koklanis 94.3.16 email: betty.koklanis@rmit.edu.au

Jane Collins 94.3.16 email: jane.collins@rmit.edu.au

Marcelle Damicoucas 94.3.16 email:marcelle.damicoucas@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

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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 and construct complex written documents.

 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU508 Read and write a range of complex or extended texts

Element:

Element 1  Critically read formal letters for a range of community purposes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify a range of contexts and occasions for formal letters used in the community
1.2 Examine conventions, layout and formatting for formal letters
1.3 Determine the audience, the attitude/intent of the writer and the purpose of the letter
1.4 Summarise the main contentions, opinions, requirements or advice, supporting details and inferred meanings
1.5 Give an opinion on the main ideas and contentions expressed

Element:

Element 2  Write a formal communication for personal or social purposes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the purpose and type of formal communication to be written and select supporting resources
2.2 Use the conventions of formal correspondence
2.3 Select and use appropriate language and format
2.4 Express complex ideas or opinions using connected prose
2.5 Proof read and edit final draft

Element:

Element 3  Critically read a range of extended written presentation or reports

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the purpose, genre and intended audience of a range of extended written presentations and reports
3.2 Examine the style and organisational features of the text
3.3 Outline the key facts, supporting details, opinions and attitudes and inferred meaning
3.4 Formulate a response to the presentation or report

Element:

Element 4 Write an extended text to describe an event, a complex process, or complex ideas.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Determine the audience, purpose and register required in the text
4.2 Select and sequence main ideas and supporting details using appropriate connectives and discourse markers
4.3 Express complex ideas and give detailed explanations in a series of connected paragraphs
4.4 Use the processes of drafting, proofreading and editing, utilising a wide range of strategies and processes
4.5 Use format and layout appropriate to audience and intended Outcome


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 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+ 

 

  • the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 4


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV 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 in part covers the  reading and writing macro skills addressed in the 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 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 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 11 February – Fri 21 June 2013

Term Break: Fri 29 March – Fri 5 April 2013

Public holidays: Mon 11 March (Labour Day), Fri 29 March (Good Friday),Thur 25 April (ANZAC Day), Mon 10 June 2013 (Queen’s Birthday)

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. 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

Teaching Schedule
Cert IV in ESL Access
 

WeekUnit of competency
GEDU5517
VBQU142 Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
Unit of competency

LANG5599
VPAU506 Analyse and participate in complex conversations
 

Unit of competency

LANG5601
VPAU507 Give and respond to a wide range of oral presentations and instructions
 

Unit of competency

LANG5600
VPAU508
Read and write a range of complex or extended texts
 

Unit of competency

LANG5602
VPAU510 read and write extended creative texts
 

Unit of competency

COSC5972
BSBCMN213A: Produce simple word processed documents
 

Unit of competency

HUSO5154
VPAM543
Australian environment
 

Unit of competency

HUSO5158
VPAM547
Australian art and culture
 

 ASSESSMENTASSESSMENTASSESSMENTASSESSMENTASSESSMENTASSESSMENTASSESSMENTASSESSMENT
1Parts 1& 2
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
    Parts 1& 2
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  
2Part 3
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
    Part 3
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  
3Part 4
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
 Give and respond to instructions relating to the navigation of a website assessment  Part 4
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  
4 Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment

Film review
 

Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment

Give and respond to instructions relating to the navigation of a website assessment

Film review
 

 Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment

Give and respond to instructions relating to the navigation of a website assessment

Film review
 

  Film review
5  Give and respond to instructions relating to the navigation of a website assessmentCritically read formal letters for a range of purposes Describe and compare Australia’s physical features & climate with another countryDescribe and compare Australia’s physical features & climate with another country 
6Part 5
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
Analyse & participate in complex conversations Task 1   Part 5
Research pathways and produce a learning plan and portfolio
 
  
7 Film ProjectFilm ProjectFilm ProjectWrite imaginative/reflective texts TaskFilm Project Film Project
8 Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment
 
Read, analyse and discuss current affairs texts
assessment
 
     
9        
10   Academic essay  Academic essay 
11 Analyse & participate in casual conversations for a purpose (charity afternoon tea)      
12 Analyse & participate in casual conversations for a purpose (charity afternoon tea)  Critically read creative texts
Task 2
 
   
13 Analyse & participate in casual conversations for a purpose (charity afternoon tea)Demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentation    Demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentation
14        
15 Analyse & participate in complex conversations
Task 2
 
  Write imaginative or reflective texts
Task 2
 
   
16   Research report: Australian visual art Research report: Australian visual art Research report: Australian visual art
17  Group oral presentation Australian visual art    Group oral presentation Australian visual art
18        

 

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
• Guest speakers
• 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

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.


References


Other Resources

<h3>TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT</h3>

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

&middot;       English-English dictionary (We ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)

&middot;       Thesaurus

&middot;       Display folder with plastic sleeves

&middot;       Highlighter pens

&middot;       Notebook or loose leaf paper

&middot;       Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)

&middot;       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. 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 notetaking, summaries,essays, letters and research reports.

Feedback:

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 (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf)  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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc  


Assessment Tasks

<h3>ASSESSMENT </h3>

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 completethe task.  Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

Assessment tasks:

  • Academic Essay
  • Film Review
  • Film Project
  • Research Report
  • 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

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 availble on MyRMIT.

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