Course Title: Use the internet and email to develop language

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: COSC5971

Course Title: Use the internet and email to develop language

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3233 - Certificate III in ESL (Further Study)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli

Karen Gao

Jane Saunders

Marcelle Damicoucas

Nominal Hours: 50

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 is taught as part of an integrated program. It aims to develop computer skills of learners who are speakers of languages other than English to develop language skills.
The unit aims to provide an introduction to language learning through computers. It provides the knowledge and skills to access a
range of language learning options online and to compose and respond to simple email messages.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU555 Use the internet and email to develop language


1. Locate information for a range of purposes on the internet.

Performance Criteria:

1 Locate information for a range of purposes on the internet
1.1 Identify the types of information available on the internet
1.2 Open internet program and use navigational skills and tools appropriately
1.3 Use common search facilities to locate information


2. Complete online language learning activities.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Locate and launch the internet program
2.2 Navigate the internet to locate and select an online learning activity
2.3 Use the basic features of web navigation to move around the activity
2.4 Complete the language activity


3. Communicate using simple email messages.


Performance Criteria:

3.1 Open an email program simple email messages
3.2 Locate the key menu items for composing, sending and replying to email messages
3.3 Identify the features of email addresses
3.4 Compose and send a simple message
3.5 Open and read a received message
3.6 Reply to an email message

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this unit will provide knowledge of: 
• terminology related to computer hardware
• terminology related to computer functions including verbal instructions
• terminology related to computer email programs and functions
• spoken and written language related to accessing internet programs

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in ESL (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.

You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups
• give a formal oral presentation
• take part in formal and informal discussions
his unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include formal letters, course applications, essays, and short reports. You will:
• do a research project
• write formal letters
• take notes from a range of complex texts
• develop a writing folio which includes extended written texts
• learn to locate and record references used
• reflect on issues and your own learning
• learn about research and report writing
• 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.


use the internet to locat information and complete online language learning activities

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 22 July – Fri 6 December, 2013

Term Break: Mon 23 September – Sun 6 October 2013

Public holidays: Tue 5 November (Melbourne Cup Day)


Teaching schedule

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU Interactions for further study GEDU5902. 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 

WEEKVPAU555 Use Internet and Email



Introduce unit/vocab computer. Student email set up. Send an email.



Online learning activities/locate info. Open/check and send an email.



Online learning activites/locate info. BTN Open/check & send an email.



Online learing activities/locate info. McMillan readers? Open/check & send an email.



Online learing activities/locate info. Guardian Weekly? Open/check & send an email.



Online learning activities/tools. Locate info. Research Information.



Online learning activities/tools. Locate/research info/collect/assess/correct. Open/check & send an email.



 Collection of folio. Assessment tasks: send, open, read and reply and email. (comments on one of the websites).



 Mid-Semester Interview



  Online learning activities/Tools Magisrates Court. Magistrates Court/virtual tour? Open/check & send an email.



  Online learing activities /locate info. ESL websites.



  Online learning activities/tools/locate info. Online books. Open/check & send an email.



 Online learning activities/locate info. Online books.



 Melbourne Cup Public Holiday



  Online learning activities/locate info.



 Assessment task: group oral presentation on an online learning tool with the instructions of how to use it and a written reflection.

Open/check & send an email



 Review of assessment task. Students have the chance to repeat assessment task if needed.



 Volunteer and resume workshop.


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

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

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 :

  •  research texts based on internet websites
  • emails using converstions of emails
  • complete English language online learning tasks

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, 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 charter (  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 which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc  

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessments:

Assessment Task 4                        Email writing                         Due: Week 6&16
This task involves opening, reading, replying and sending an email. It involves the basic email skills and it is incorporated in the assessment of other skills like exposition essay writing to express opinions. The task is using basic computer skills to assist online language learning since the comments are around the evaluation of an ESL website. Students will demonstrate their ability of giving and following instructions.Tasks include project oral presentation using internet, group oral presentation using internet  and demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentations

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. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

Assessment Matrix

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

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