Course Title: Use critical reading skills to analyse study tasks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: GEDU6185

Course Title: Use critical reading skills to analyse study tasks

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4399 - 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 


Wendy Joseph 




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

In this unit of competency, you will be introduced to skills and knowledge required to prepare to enter tertiary study. The competency will cover basic skills in research and the analysis of tasks in a further study context. It will reinforce collaboration and study skills.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22649 Use critical reading skills to analyse study tasks


1. Examine study task requirements

Performance Criteria:


Examine a range of study tasks containing instructions or advice


Determine the purposeof the instructions or advice


Identify types of study tasks


2. Critically analyse formal instructional and/or advisory language for a study task

Performance Criteria:


Select a study task


Identify type of study task required


Establish the topic and key components for the study task


Locate key instructional languagefor task completion


Analyse the features of the key instructional language


Locate and analyse key words and phrases that link to the topic


Identify and analyse language related to the scope of the study task


Assess the importance and appropriateness of the instructional language for successful task completion

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+ and The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) indicators of Reading and Writing competence 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 may 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 is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan

The Weekly Program Delivery Modules are a detailed outline of what activities you will be undertaking in each session on a weekly basis. You can access these via Canvas.

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.  write, analyse and review your own texts. 

Using a variety of reading texts as resource material you will produce written and spoken texts. You will identify you grammar and language structure error  and then revise and edit your texts to produce a final text.

You will learn to plan, draft, proofread and peer edit  your  work. 
The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.

Teaching Schedule

Course dates: Semester 2 2019


Course Dates Mon 8 July-Friday 8 November 2019

Mid semester break Monday 2 Sept-Friday 6 September 2019

Public Holidays Friday 27 September 2019


This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with  VU22649 (GEDU6185) Use Language Analysis Skills to Review Own Texts. It is Cluster 3 - Critical Reading and Writing, and Language Analysis. The assessment tasks may  also cover other units within the course.





Use critical reading skills to analyse study tasks







Diagnostic tasks sample writing

Grammar Activity- general sample for correction

Grammar overview terminology 

Introduce proof reading and editing skills

 Examine language used for giving instructions in study tasks

 1,2  1,2

Examine language resources relevant to language analysis

Reading skills: skimming and scanning

Overview of  tenses

Draft Writing - Paragraph

Practice error correction skills and language analysis skills

General conversation practice focusing on stress and intonation patterns

Give out Task 1 Portfolio of Evidence 1

 Complete quiz for Assessment Task 1 on Canvas

 1,2 1,2

Introduce stress and intonation

Reading Skills reading for main information

Share language resources relevant to language analysis, grammatical terminology and metalanguage to explain errors in writing

Overview of past tenses

Practice paragraph

Error correction skills and language analysis skills of written paragraphs


Reading skills: reading to locate main ideas

Practice paragraph writing and editing for Assessment 1

Prepositions and prepositional phrases

Error correction skills and language analysis skills

Review instructional language in assessment tasks


 1,2  1,2

Analysis of stress and intonation, pronunciation of key vocabulary

Spoken exercise and analysis for Assessment 1 in class

Reading skills-locate main ideas  

Simple,compound  and complex sentences

Error correction skills and language analysis skills from paragraph



Reading skills: reading for meaning

Locating main ideas, details and instructional language in texts

Vocab development - Word Forms

Error correction skills and language analysis skills

Confirm requirements for Task 1: Portfolio of Evidence 1



Reading skills: looking at presenting an opinion

Articles, countable and uncountable nouns, plurals

Writing a practice  paragraph

Error correction skills and language analysis skills Speaking Checklist

Submit Assessment Task 1:Portfolio of Evidence 1


 1,2  1,2

Feedback on Assessment Task 1

Continue with articles and plurals

Reading Skills: reading to obtain information and practice using information to write a text

Continue with articles and plural

speaking practice and analysis of verbal skills

Error correction skills and language analysis skills

Give out Task 2 Portfolio of Evidence 2

Write paragraph for Task 2 Portfolio of Evidence 2



Reading skills reading a news article

Modals overview of verbs

Examine and analyse spoken language skills

Error correction skills and language analysis skills

Write draft paragraph on topic discussed in class


Phrasal verbs

Vocabulary for critically analysing information in reading task

Practise Speaking exercise for Task 2 Portfolio of Evidence 2

Error correction skills and language analysis skills for written paragraph identifying skill areas needing improvement

Discussion of useful resources to focus on errors  identified

Draft written paragraph



Looking at the passive voice

Visual texts as source of information

Terminology for discussing graphs and diagrams

Discussion of reading topic

Error correction skills and language analysis skills of draft paragraph

In groups practise  a spoken presentation 

complete quiz for Assessment 2 Portfolio of Evidence 2 on Canvas

 1,2  1,2

Continue with the Passive  voice

Reading  for detailed information 

Complete  a short oral presentation on topic using Spoken Language Checklist for Assessment 2: Portfolio of Evidence 2

Paragraph writing on reading topic

Error correction skills and language analysis  spoken and written


Examine key instructional and advisory language in study tasks


 1,2  1,2,

Reading skills-:reading for detail  factual reporting of data in reports and studies

Overview of cohesive devices : conjunctions

Writing a paragraph using facts and statistics

Error correction skills and language analysis skills-peer analysis

Go over requirements for completing Assessment task 2 Portfolio of Evidence 2


Reading skills: reading for analyzing information particularly when presented in graphic or non continuous text form

Conjunctions -sentence structure

Error correction skills and language analysis skills

submit Assessment Task 2: Portfolio of Evidence 2



Feedback on Assessment Task 2: Portfolio of Evidence 2

Overview of error analysis- review of error analysis in assessment tasks

Grammar review of common errors

Grammar quiz to check language knowledge



 1,2  1,2,

Consolidation of language  analysis  skills for spoken and written texts

Overview and review of grammar taught in class



Additional evidence may be addressed in week 16 or 17


 1,2  1,2


 Assessment resubmissions; finalise assessment



  **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 into this course and into RMIT. The induction includes:
• Induction Booklet on Canvas and Analysis 
• Explore RMIT
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries

Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is explained on Canvas and discussed in class.

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 
• laptop; USB 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 may be assessed by quizzes, notetaking, summaries and short answer responses, essays and research reports and groupwork. 


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 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. This can be found on the RMIT University website at:


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

Assessment Tasks

Summative assessments:

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

You will write a short text in response to a reading text. You will peer edit and proof read your work and modify to produce  modified final copies. You will discuss your written text with your peers and produce your own short spoken text which you will modify and improve. You will also complete a quiz online to show you understand the language and requirements of a study task.

Assessment Task 2: Portfolio of Evidence 2 (Week 14 )

You will write a short opinion text in response to a reading text. You will peer edit and proof read your work and modify it to produce final modified copies. You will discuss your written text with your peers and use a speaking checklist to improve your spoken text. You will also complete a quiz online to show you understand the language and requirements of a study task

 Formative assessment may also be used.

Please note: Assessments tasks may include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline.

Assessment Matrix

Each assessment 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 successfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject as assessed in the assessment tasks. 

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. 

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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