Course Title: Use language analysis skills to review own texts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: LANG5631

Course Title: Use language analysis skills to review own texts

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Melanie Kyle 94.3.16 email:

Tim Morris 94.3.16 email:

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 email:

Caroline McEnroe 94.3.22 email:

Betty Koklanis 94.3.16 email:


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


Course Description

This unit of competency describes language analysis skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language backgrounds other than English. The focus of this unit is on language analysis and application of these skills to review own texts for further study purposes.

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:

VPAU534 Use language analysis skills to review own texts


1 Analyse language and language use in relation to further study

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select language items in spoken and written texts for analysis
1.2 Use language terminology to describe language structure and use
1.3 Respond to advice or instructions and ask questions relating to grammatical structure and use
1.4 Source and use language references to clarify information on language items and usage
1.5 Record relevant information for future study reference


2 Apply knowledge of language and language use in relation to study tasks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the purposes and contexts for discussing language and language use
2.2 Locate language items in texts for review and modification
2.3 Ask and respond to questions to clarify language structure and use using correct terminology
2.4 Use a range of methods to determine appropriate modifications for the texts
2.5 Review modified texts for accuracy

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:
· The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Speaking and Listening. They contribute directly to the achievement of Speaking 3/3+ and Listening 3/3+
· the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).  They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence in Oral Communication 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  skills addressed in the certificate.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:

You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context. You will:

  • read, analyse and review own written texts
  • analyse language and usage in relation to further study

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)

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU532 Complex texts for further study.

WeekVPAU534 Use language analysis skills to review own texts
1Computer Skills and Orientation - Learning lab
2Preparation for exposition essay: read & take notes from a range of texts
Essay skills
4Prepare for exposition essay
5Prepare for exposition essay
6Write exposition essay assessment task (in class)
7language analysis - exposition essay
8persuasive language
9Mid semester progress interviews
10language for argumentative essay
11language for argumentative essay
12Complete argumentative essay

reoorts vs essays

reporting verbs and nouns

14research report
15research report
16submit research report assessment
17language for oral presentations

 **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


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.

You may be assessed by reviewing written work:

  •  summaries
  • essays
  • research reports.

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 (  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

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 2: Current Issues Journal Due Fortnightly: Weeks 3,5,7,10,12 and 14
This is a task which focuses on reading current issues in the Australian media of both Australian and international significance. It is a fortnightly task which involves reading, note taking, summarising, vocabulary and grammar development. The task also involves regular participation in small group and class discussions on the issues presented.

Assessment Task 7: Argumentative Essay Due: Week 11
This task involves researching using academic texts, note-taking, summarising, synthesising paraphrasing, planning and preparing references using the Harvard system. It requires writing an argumentative essay on the topic of compulsory voting of 300-500 word range.

 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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