Course Title: Read and write complex creative texts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: LANG5810

Course Title: Read and write complex creative texts

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        email: 

Angela Borrelli           94.3.16         email:

Nominal Hours: 80

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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 on reading and writing extended creative texts in English for a variety of personal and public purposes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21478 Read and write complex creative texts


1 Critically read a complex creative written text

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess the writer's intention and key theme(s) of the complex creative text
1.2 Identify the conventions and literary devices used in the text
1.3 Outline the key themes or issues, and some details, opinions, or attitudes expressed.
1.4 Give a detailed response to an analysis of a specific aspect of the text.


2 Write detailed imaginative or reflective texts

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the purpose for the imaginative or reflective writing
2.2 Develop a plan for an imaginative or reflective piece for a specific purpose
2.3 Select content and language for inclusion
2.4 Sequence text with a range of connectives and discourse markers
2.5 Express ideas, opinions, feelings on the chosen topic in complex writing
2.6 Review draft and make revisions

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 will also cover other units within the course

Teaching Schedule Cert IV in EAL Access 

VU21478 Read and write complex creative texts

Week 1 Diagnostic reading and writing task

Week 2 Genres- Pattern & purpose of texts
       Focus on Descriptive Writing- expressions for describing a scene, writing a good introduction & conclusion

Week 3 Writing Skills: Narrative & Non-Fiction Text Types
             Writing a film review/reflective writing
             Watch Film 1
Week 4 Film discussion  & write draft film review in class
             Submit assessment task 3: Film Review
Week 5 Writing-making inferences/ lining words & common errors
       Writing descriptions

Week 6 Watch Film 2 as part of assessment task 6: Film Project

Week 7  Writing a film study guide (Film Project)

Week 8 Focus on Narrative Writing- narrative tenses, narrative structure

Week 9 Write a blog entry - reflective writing about group work in the Film Project

Week 10 Mid semester progress interviews: discuss progress, assessment tasks and further study plans
Week 11 Focus on Narrative Writing-  plan & write own narrative
               Explore the theme of journey and identity
Week 12 Submit assessment task 9: Write imaginative texts

Week 13 Writing workshop to edit and polish short stories

Week 14 Read story with a twist- comprehension questions

Week 15 Read and analyse short stories

Week 16 Read and analyse short stories

Week 17 Write a blog entry - reflective writing about group work in the Research Report

Week 18 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 writing creative texts.


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:

Task 3: Film Review Week 5

Task 6: Film Project Week 8

Task 9: Write imaginative/reflective texts (Journey) Week 12

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.

 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 form (PDF 41kb 2p) and lodge it with the school that offers the course.
  •  Lodgement 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