Course Title: Use the internet and email to develop language

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COSC5971

Course Title: Use the internet and email to develop language

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4244 - Certificate IV in ESL (Employment / Professional)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dianne Dell’Oro-Morgan 94.3.22 Dianne.Dell’
Wendy Joseph 94.3.22
Ceyhan Kurt 94.3.22

Nominal Hours: 50

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

This unit must be co-delivered and assessed with at least one of the language (Listening and Speaking or Reading and Writing) units from the Certificates in ESL.

Course Description

This unit is part of a program that focuses solely on the preparation for the OET for Health professionals.

This unit aims to develop computer skills of learners who are speakers of languages other than English to develop language skills. The unit aims to provide an introduction to language learning through computers. It provides the knowledge and skills to access a range of language learning options online and to compose and respond to simple email messages.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU555 Use the internet and email to develop language


1. Locate information for a range of purposes on the internet.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the types of information available on the internet
1.2 Open internet program and use navigational skills and tools
1.3 Use common search facilities to locate information


2. Complete online language learning activities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Locate and launch the internet program
2.2 Navigate the internet to locate and select an online learning activity
2.3 Use the basic features of web navigation to move around the activity
2.4 Complete the language activity


3. Communicate using simple email messages

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Open an email program
3.2 Locate the key menu items for composing, sending and replying to email messages
3.3 Identify the features of email addresses
3.4 Compose and send a simple message
3.5 Open and read a received message
3.6 Reply to an email message

Learning Outcomes

The unit provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to access and use the internet and email for language learning. It also develops skills and knowledge in language used to describe computer functions related to internet and email which can be applied in a range of contexts. The unit provides foundation skills for development of language and computing for further study, employment and community participation which will be assessed at ACSF level 4.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Employment/Professional) 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.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units
• Use of a variety of internet sites
• Use of online learning activities
• Use of interactive medical terminology website
• Internet research and worksheets

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Tue 14 February – Fri 29 June 2012
Term Break: Mon 2 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)
Teachig 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

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


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.

Assessments may include:

  • research reports
  • direct observation of classroom based practical activities
  • on line language learning activities
  • composition and sending of emails

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 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.

• Internet research and written question sheets
• Opening and responding to an email
• Online learning activity and related question sheet

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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