Course Title: Analyse stories / narratives within cultures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: GEDU6042

Course Title: Analyse stories / narratives within cultures

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4346 - Certificate IV in EAL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou / Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact /

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 email:

Melanie Kyle 94.3.16 email:

Macelle Damicoucas 94.3.16

Angela Borrelli 94.3.16 email:

Nominal Hours: 90

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

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 to analyse and explore the significance of stories told within and across cultures and the ways personal and cultural identities are shaped.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20749 Analyse stories / narratives within cultures


1 Examine stories in relation to personal and cultural identity

Performance Criteria:

1.1 A range of definitions of culture are compared
1.2 The concepts of personal and cultural identities are distinguished
1.3 A variety of stories are identified
1.4 The various forms and structures through which stories are transmitted are identified
1.5 Theories addressing narrative and narrative structure are examined and applied to texts
1.6 Ways in which the formation and development of cultural identify is reflected and or mediated through a chosen story is examined


2 Examine the relationship between stories and their cultural context

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The values and norms expressed by a story are related to the culture in which they are produced
2.2 The role of a story in shaping self-identity and the identity of others is explained
2.3 The role of a story in challenging or affirming power relationships is examined
2.4 The relationship of a story to cultural meaning is examined


3 Examine different versions of stories

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Different versions of a story are identified
3.2 Versions are compared and key differences identified
3.3 The role of cultural values in creating different versions is examined
3.4 The significance of different story versions for cultural continuity is examined
3.5 The significance of different story versions for maintaining or bridging cultural difference is examined
3.6 The significance of different story versions for challenging or affirming power relationships is examined

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes described in this unit relate to:

  • to the two Performance Criteria of the Element
  • the ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Speaking and Listening. They contribute directly to the achievement of Reading 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+ and
  • the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) 
  • .
  • They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence in Reading and Writing at Level 4.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (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 covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.
You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context. You will:

  • critically read, analyse and review a range of extended creative texts

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include imaginative & reflective genres. You will:

  • take notes from a range of creative texts
  • develop a writing folio which includes creative & extended written texts
  • learn to plan, draft and proofread your work.
  • become familiar with academic discourse
  • The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: 10 - 14 February: Induction Week
17 February - 20 June, 2014
Public Holiday
Labour Day 10 March,2014
Good Friday 18 April, 2014
ANZAC Day 25 April, 2014

Mid Semester Break
18 April - 25 April, 2014

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 EAL Access

WeekVU20749 Analyse stories / narratives within cultures
1Diagnostic reading and writing task

Genres- Pattern & purpose of texts

Focus on Descriptive Writing- expressions for describing a scene, writing a good introduction & conclusion


Writing Skills: Narrative & Non-Fiction Text Types

Writing a film review/reflective writing

Watch Film 1


Film discussion & write draft film review in class

Submit assessment task 3: Film Review

5Writing-making inferences/ lining words & common errors
Writing descriptions
6Watch Film as part of assessment task 6: Film Project
7Writing a film study guide (Film Project)
8Focus on Narrative Writing- narrative tenses, narrative structure
9Write a blog entry - reflective writing about group work in the Film Project
10Mid semester progress interviews: discuss progress, assessment tasks and further study plans
11 Focus on Narrative Writing- plan & write own narrative

Explore the theme of journey and identity

12Submit assessment task 9: Write imaginative texts
13Writing workshop to edit and polish short stories
14Read story with a twist- comprehension questions
15Read and analyse short stories
16Read and analyse short stories
17Write a blog entry - reflective writing about group work in the Research Report

Results released

Completion Ceremony

*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.

Your program is made up of:

  • Orientation
  • Learning activities
  • Mid semester review
  • Guest speakers
  • Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes

  • Induction Booklet
  • 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

A Library Orientation 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

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 will be assessed by reading and examining stories in their cultural context.


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 policy 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 see

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.
Assessment tasks:

Summative Assessment:

Film review

Academic essay (compare & contrast creative texts)

This task involves researching using academic texts, note-taking, summarising, synthesising paraphrasing, planning and preparing references using the Harvard system. It requires writing a compare & contrast creative texts essay of 300-500 word range.

Film Project:

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.
All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline.

Application for Extension

How to apply

If you are seeking an extension of seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) you must apply at least one working day before the assessment deadline.

  • Complete an Application for extension of time for submission of assessable work (PDF 41kb 2p) and lodge it with the school that offers the course.
  • Lodgment arrangements can vary according to individual school procedures. It is your responsibility to check whether the form should be lodged with the EAL Co-ordinator Monday-Thursday office hours.
  • Except in exceptional circumstances the application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official 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.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview