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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

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, Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:,

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli  51.2 

Wendy Joseph 51.2 

Jacqueline Crothers 51.2


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. In this unit you will focus 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:

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 and 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 another unit 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. An outline of your Directed Study will be given to you via Canvas.


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 Canvas  (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

Course dates:

16 July -23 November


University and Public Holidays:

Monday and Tuesday 5th and 6th November 


6th August -26 October 


Mid-Semester Break:

24 September- 5 October



This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with  VU21514 (LANG5798) Use Language Analysis Skills to Review Own Texts. It is Cluster 3 - Critical Reading and Writing, and Language Analysis. The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course.



Use Language Analysis skills to review own texts






Diagnostic tasks sample writing

Grammar Activity general sample for correction

Grammar overview terminology 

Introduce proof reading and editing  skills





Reading skills- Skimming,Scanning

Overview of present tenses

Draft Writing - paragraph

Error correction skills and language analysis skills


Explanation of Assessment Task 2: Give out assessment





Assessment Task 2: Analyse language in further study texts

Presentation of language resource

Reading skills: skimming and scanning

Introduce a non-continuous text within a  reading text

Overview of past tenses

Explanation of Assessment task requirements for Assessment 7 Portfolio of Evidence 1

 Error correction skills and language analysis skills of written paragraphs



 1, 2



Reading skills:locating main ideas

Paragraph writing for Assesment 7

Prepositions and prepositional phrases

Error correction skills and language analysis skills

Explanation of Assessment task requirements for Assessment 7 Portfolio of Evidence 1





Reading skills- locating main ideas 

non-continuous texts eg. tables, diagrams 

Simple,compound  and complex sentences

Error correction skills and language analysis skills from paragraph





Reading skills: reading for meaning

Vocabulary  development -word forms

Practice non-continuous texts eg. visuals and graphic information

Error correction skills and language analysis skills




 1,2, 3


Reading Skills: reading for meaning

Articles, countable and uncountable nouns, plurals

Error correction skills and language analysis skills

Construct Non continuous text



 1,2, 3


Mid Semester Interviews

Continue with article and plurals

Reading:reading to obtain information

Error correction skills and language analysis skills






Assessment Task 7: Portfolio of Evidence 1 due

Reading: reading skills to obtain information

Modals with overview of verbs

Practice non-continuous texts eg. diagrams and graphic information

Error correction skills and language analysis skills







Phrasal verbs

Practice non-continuous texts eg. charts

Reading:reading to critically evaluate/analyse non-continuous texts

Writing paragraph 

Error correction skills and language analysis skills

Give out Assessment task 13 and discuss requirements




 1,2, 3


Reading Skills:reading to critically analyse/evaluate non-continuous texts


Practice non-continuous texts eg: visual forms and images

error correction skills and language skills 

Reading skills meaning from context







Error correction skills and language analysis skills 

Reading: reading for detail

Meaning from context

Practice non-continuous texts eg. line graphs

Paragraph Writing on reading topic

Error correction skills and language analysis skills






Reading skills:reading for detail

Overview of Conjunctions

Revise non-continuous texts

Error correction skills and language analysis skills-peer analysis





Reading skills:reading for analyzing information

conjunctions with sentence structure

Revise and produce non-continuous texts

Error correction skills and language analysis skills





Assessment Task 13:  Portfolio of Evidence 2

Overview of error analysis-review of error analysis on assessment task

Presentation of grammar site

Error correction skills and language analysis skills



 1,2, 3


Consolidation of Reading skills

Grammar/Language Resource sharing session

Additional evidence












  **The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Canvas and in class should changes occur.

Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes:
• Induction Booklet and presentation 
• Explore RMIT
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries

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 
• USB (Memory stick) 

  • laptop

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 2: Analyse Language in Further Study Texts (Week 3)

You will locate and analyse an advisory text for further study and then present the text to the class in a short 1-2 minute presentation.

Assessment Task 7: Portfolio of Evidence 1 (Week 9)

This assessment task requires you to edit your own work on four separate occasions and analyse your work with support. You will also be required to design a graph documenting your improvement in language skills over the semester. 

Assessment Task 13: Portfolio of Evidence 2 (Week 15)

This assessment task  has 2 parts .Part 1  requires you to edit your own work on three  separate occasions and analyse your work with support. Part 2 requires you to  create a non continuous text in the form of a questionnaire, collect and analyse the data collected, represent the information in a graph and write a short analysis of the graph information. 


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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