Course Title: Use a range of critical reading and writing skills for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: LANG5630

Course Title: Use a range of critical reading and writing skills for further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4245 - Certificate IV in ESL (Further Study)

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

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

Tim Morris 94.3.16 email: tim.morris@rmit.edu.au

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 email: melanie.reynolds@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 

Nominal Hours: 40

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 of competency describes speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English. The focus of this unit is on advanced listening and speaking skills in English to participate in further study contexts, focusing on responding to a
wide range of complex verbal instructions, interpreting and discussing ideas and opinions with others in informal contexts and negotiating a complex exchange.
This unit is delivered as part of an integrated academic preparation program.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU533 Use a range of critical reading and writing skills for further study

Element:

1. Identify the topic and purpose of complex verbal instructions
or questions in a study context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine the purpose of a range of further study texts containing instructions or advice
1.2 Locate the key information and supporting details
1.3 Paraphrase the requirements of the instructions or advice
1.4 Assess the importance and appropriateness of the requirements expressed
1.5 Indicate an appropriate response
 

Element:

2. Participate in a sustained informal interaction with a group
as needed

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Outline the purposes, design and conventions of a range of formatted documents required in a further study context
2.2 Locate, sort information and draw conclusions relevant to purpose
2.3 Use the analysed information in a written or spoken text
 

Element:

3. Identify the context, purpose and conventions for presenting a proposal or arguing a case

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Clarify the purposes of the formatted texts and the information required
3.2 Design a process for collecting required information
3.3 Locate, record and synthesise complex information and ideas from required sources to meet purpose
3.4 Determine format for presentation of information
3.5 Use language and formatting conventions appropriate to the document and the context
 


Learning Outcomes


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 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+ 

 and

  • 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 (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 reading and writing macro skills addressed in the certificate.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:

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
 

WRITING
In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include course applications, essays, and reports. You will:
• do a research project
• take notes from a range of complex texts
• learn to locate and record references used
• • 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 6 October 2013

Public holidays: Tue 5 November (Melbourne Cup Day)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 of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU 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

WeekVPAU 533
Texts for research & critical reading and writing skills

 1

22 July
 

 Orientation/admin Welcome Lunch
Diagnostic tasks

Start Employability Skills Project
 

 2

29 July
 

 Vocabulary building & practice

Paragraph writing skills: topic sentences & structure
 

 3

5 August
 

 Preparation for essay assessment: topic sentences, transition signals, exposition essay structure, essay model

 4

12 August
 

 Employability Skills Project

 5

19 August
 

 

 Preparation for essay writing assessment:
• Paraphrasing
• ‘issues’ language practice

 6

26 August
 

 Exposition essay assessment
 

 7

2 September
 

 

 8

9 September
 

 Texts for research & critical reading and writing skills
Critical & efficient reading skills
Practice critical reading using For & Against text

 9

16 September
 

 Mid semester interviews

 10

23 September
 

 Text types, structure and features
Compare news stories from about current issues topic
 

 11

10 October
 

 Argumentative Essay assessment task
 

 12

17 October

 Texts for research & critical reading and writing skills

 13

24 October
 

 Reporting verbs & nouns

 14

7 November
 

 

 

 15

14 November
 

 Research Report assessment task

 16

21 November
 

 Research Report in Microsoft Word document

 17

28 November
 

 Group oral presentations (assessment task):

 18

6 December
 

 

 

 

 

 **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
• Excursions
• 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

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 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

Summative assessments:

Assessment Task 1: Employability Skills Project Due: Weeks 3&4

  • This task involves focusing on employability skills and involves researching future career prospects with online guides such as TAFE or university websites or the Job Guide. It involves preparing and planning an individual oral presentation of 5 minutes outlining why an individual should be selected. The task will also encourage reflection with opportunities for peer and self-evaluation after the presentation.
     

Assessment Task 4: Produce a Learning Plan and Portfolio Due: Week 7

  • This is an ongoing task for students to investigate pathways for further study. It encourages self-reflection by analysing learning styles, SWOT analysis and identifying opportunities for skills development and setting and maintaining study goals and the writing of a personal history statement for further study pathways including VTAC. The evidence should be collected and presented in a portfolio.
     

Assessment Task 10: Group Research and Write and Individual Report investigating current issues Due: Week 16

  • This task takes place over several weeks and involves an in depth investigation of a current issue affecting Australia. It involves group research using academic texts and writing an individual report identifying the issue, the key facts and discussing the research. The group research involves group meetings and minute taking and academic research using a variety of text types and summarising.
     

 

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 available on myRMIT.

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