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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: LANG5802

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

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4344 - Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:,

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Karen Gao 51.2 email:

Melanie Reynolds 51.2 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 speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English. In this unit you will focus 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:

VU21513 Use critical reading and writing skills for further study


1 Critically analyse formal instructional and/or advisory texts

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


2 Analyse and apply information from non-continuous texts found in study contexts

Performance Criteria:

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


3 Construct non-continuous texts for study purposes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Clarify the purposes of the non-continuous 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
3.6 Review and amend final draft

Learning Outcomes


The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

• The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Speaking 3 / 3+ and Listening 3 / 3+, Reading 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+


• the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence for Reading and Writing and Oral Communication at Level 4

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (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


The Weekly Program Delivery Plan is a detailed outline of what activities you will be undertaking in each session on a weekly basis. You can access this via Blackboard (Mystudies) on the first day of each teaching week.

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:

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  

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:
• 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:

13th July, 2015 – 20th November, 2015

Semester break

21st September – 2nd October, 2015

Public Holiday

Melbourne Cup Day 3rd November, 2015


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  VU21514 Use language analysis skills to review own texts 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

WeekVU21513 Use critical reading and writing skills for further study







 Orientation/admin Welcome Lunch
Diagnostic tasks  



 Reading skills:  Prediction



Language Analysis Skills Workbook


1 1,2



  Reading skills

Vocabulary in context


Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1 1,2




Reading skills

Implied meaning


Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1 1,2





Reading skills

Reading Advisory texts

Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1 1,2




Reading skills

Locating main ideas, details

 Course Research
 Oraganise information in table form

Language Analysis Skills Workbook


1,2 1,2




Reading skills

Reading comprehension

Language Analysis Skills Workbook


1,2 1,2




Reading skills

Reading comprehension

Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1,2 1,2




Reading skills


Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1,2 1,2



Mid Semester interviews




Reading skills


Proofreading skills 

Language Analysis Skills Workbook

 1, 2 1, 2



Reading skills

critical thinking

guess meaning from context

Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1,2 1,2



Reading skills

Speed reading


Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1,2 1,2




Reading skills

short answer

speed reading

Exam skills

Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1,2 1,2



Reading skills

Error correction

Multiple choice

Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1,2 1,2



Reading skills

Exam Skills

Error recognition

Language Analysis Skills Workbook

1,2 1,2



Assessment: Exam    1,2 1,2


  **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

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. 

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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Assessment Tasks

Summative assessments:

Assessment Task 1 Careers, Employment and Study Project Due: Weeks 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 7: Language Analysis Skills Workbook

  • You will be provided with a grammatical workbook to work with on a weekly basis, from Week 2 to Week 16, detailing vocabulary and semantic features of the English language. This workbook covers a wide range of language features, including various parts of speech, tenses, auxiliary verbs (modal verbs, etc.)


Assessment Task 11:   Exam

  • You will sit an exam under RMIT exam conditions, assessing the exam skills that have been taught. This covers multiple choice, text response, interpreting graphs, charts and tables.

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.

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. To sucessfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT

Other Information

Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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