Course Title: Critically read and write formal letters and complex prose texts for professional purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: HUSO5153

Course Title: Critically read and write formal letters and complex prose texts for professional purposes

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 Email:baia.tsakouridou@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

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

None

Course Description

This unit develops skills of learners to investigate current issues. The unit also provides the learner with the skills and knowledge necessary to access and use computers for language learning.

This unit is part of a full time integrated academic preparation program. It aims to provide you with the cultural understanding, advanced English language and study skills to participate in further study contexts.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU521 Critically read and write formal letters and complex prose texts for professional purposes

Element:

1. Critically read formal letters in a professional conetxt

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Describe the structure and conventions of a formal letter
1.2 Outline the purpose of the message or letter
1.3 Identify the register and explain the writer's attitude and tone
1.4 Identify the main points, supporting details and expected outcomes
1.5 Identify specialised vocabulary related to the profession

Element:

2. Write formal letters for professional purposes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the purpose and conventions of formal letters used by the profession
2.2 Use planning, drafting, proofreading and editing processes
2.3 Apply the conventions of formal letters appropriate to the audience
2.4 Use a range of vocabulary and cohesive devices appropriate to the task with suitable nuance
2.5 Use jargon and professional terminology as appropriate

 

Element:

3. Critically read complex documents related to the profession

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify distinguishing linguistic structures and features of required text
3.2 Scan text for main ideas or contentions
3.3 Identify key vocabulary items and their meaning
3.4 Identify the key information and supporting details accurately
3.5 Identify any inferred meaning
3.6 Comment on the information presented in the text

Element:

4. Write complex prose based on a detailed text

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify distinguishing linguistic structures and features of
required text
4.2 Identify the purposes of reproducing information from texts
4.3 Locate, record, paraphrase and synthesise complex information
4.4 Sequence information into cohesive paragraphs
4.5 Use planning, drafting, proofreading and editing processes
4.6 Evaluate effectiveness of writing


Learning Outcomes


There are no specific Learning Outcomes for this course.


Details of Learning Activities

This course is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Employment) 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 all of the macro skills addressed in the certificate.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:

LISTENING
You will:
• listen to a range of audio and film and documentary texts
• listen to oral presentations & conversations

• listen and take notes from guest speaker presentations

SPEAKING
You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups
• give a formal oral presentation
• take part in formal and informal discussions

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 current issues 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:
• take notes from a range of complex texts
• reflect on issues and your own learning
• 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: Tues 30 July – Fri 29 November, 2013

Term Break: Mon 23 September – Sun 6 October 2013

Public holidays: Tue 5 November (Melbourne Cup Day)

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU521 Critically read & write formal letters & complex prose for professional purposes. 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
  

 

WEEK VPAU560 Investigate current issues
 1  Intro to the writing component of Cert IV Prof & analysis of content, method, assessment etc Library orientation & catalogue search + MyRmit access.
 
 2  Vocab & grammar. Current Issues in Health reading & discussion. Letter writing with OET test focus (ie. wks 1-7 group analysis of case notes & task requirements, group production of response & analysis.
 3 Vocab & grammar. Current Issues in Health reading & discussion. Letter writing with OET test focus (ie. wks 1-7 group analysis of case notes & task requirements, group production of response & analysis.
 4 Vocab & grammar. Current Issues in Health reading & discussion. Letter writing with OET test focus (ie. wks 1-7 group analysis of case notes & task requirements, group production of response & analysis.
 5 Vocab & grammar. Current Issues in Health reading & discussion. Letter writing with OET test focus (ie. wks 1-7 group analysis of case notes & task requirements, group production of response & analysis.
 6 Vocab & grammar. Current Issues in Health reading & discussion. Letter writing with OET test focus (ie. wks 1-7 group analysis of case notes & task requirements, group production of response & analysis.
 7 Vocab & grammar. Current Issues in Health reading & discussion. Letter writing with OET test focus (ie. wks 1-7 group analysis of case notes & task requirements, group production of response & analysis.
 8 
 9 individual analysis of case notes, task & response
 10 individual analysis of case notes, task & response
 11 individual analysis of case notes, task & response
 12 individual analysis of case notes, task & response
 13

 Individual analysis of case notes, task & response

Test conditions & practise OET test). Writing editing workshops. Pathways advice session

 14  Individual analysis of case notes, task & response

Test conditions & practise OET test). Writing editing workshops. Pathways advice session
 

 15 


**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.

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Employment) which is an integrated program, assessments often cover more than one unit of competency. The units assessment tasks have been highlighted in bold  as seen in the grid.

Teaching Schedule
Cert IV ESL Employment/Professional
 

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

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


References


Other Resources

 

TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT

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:

participation in group discussion,

essays, research reports

oral presentations.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester, in both oral and written form, 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

Summative assessments:

Assessment Task 5 
Critically read complex texts for professional purposes “How to prevent Osteoporosis”

 Assessment Task 6
Analysing & writing a referral letter

Assessment Task 7
Critically write complex prose texts for professional purposes – Research a health related topic that you personally are interested in & write a 500 word (approx.) article or report for your teacher on the subject. Remember to demonstrate; appropriate use of linguistic features such as, linkers, headings & sub-headings; appropriate paragraphing & layout; awareness of audience.
 

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

Assessment Task 4 weeks 1-7 Analysing & writing referral letters
 

Assessment Task 8 Weeks 9-13
Critically read a range of complex texts for professional purposes

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 available on myRMIT

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