Course Title: Use language analysis skills to review own texts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: LANG5798

Course Title: Use language analysis skills to review own texts

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

Tim Morris 94.3.16 email:

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 email:

Jacqui Rumble 94.3.16 email:

Nominal Hours: 40

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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:

VU21514 Use language analysis skills to review own texts


1 Analyse language and language use in relation to further study

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Select language items in spoken and written texts for analysis
1.2 Use language terminology to describe language structure and use
1.3 Respond to advice or instructions and ask questions relating to grammatical structure and use
1.4 Source and use language references to clarify information on language items and usage
1.5 Record relevant information for future study reference


2 Apply knowledge of language and language use in relation to study tasks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine the purposes and contexts for discussing language and language use
2.2 Locate language items in texts for review and modification
2.3 Ask and respond to questions to clarify language structure and use using correct terminology
2.4 Use a range of methods to determine appropriate modifications for the texts
2.5 Review modified texts for accuracy

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.

This unit in part covers the reading  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 own written texts
  • analyse language and usage in relation to further study

The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.

Teaching Schedule

Program dates

14th July - 18th July,2014 Induction Week

14th July - 14th November, 2014
Public Holiday
Melbourne Cup Day 4th November, 2014

Mid Semester break
29th September - 3rd October, 2014This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU532 Complex texts for further study.

Week VU21514 Use language analysis skills to review own texts Elements  Elements
1 Induction    
2 Prediction, skimming, scanning  1, 2  1


Vocabulary in context, meaning


 1, 2  1
4 Implied meaning  1, 2  1
5 Inferences  1, 2  1
6 Locaing main ideas, details  1, 2  1
7 Reading Comprehension  1, 2  1

Assessment task

Argumentative Essay

Reading Comprehension

 1, 2  1

Assessment task

Produce learning Plan portfolio

 1, 2  1

Editing, Proofreading,skills


 1, 2  1
11 Mid semester interviews    

Critical thinking

Guess meaning from context

 1, 2  1, 2


Checking referents

 1, 2  1, 2

Short answer

Speed reading

Exam skills

 1, 2  1, 2
15 Multiple Choice  1, 2  1, 2
16 Error Recognition  1, 2  1, 2




 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

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 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 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 4: Produce a Learning Plan and Portfolio Due: Week 7

  • This is an ongoing task for students to investigate pathways for further study. It encourages self-reflection by analysing learning styles, SWOT analysis and identifying opportunities for skills development and setting and maintaining study goals and the writing of a personal history statement for further study pathways including VTAC. The evidence should be collected and presented in a portfolio.

Assessment Task 9: Group Research and Write and Individual Report investigating current issues Due: Week 15/16

  • This task takes place over several weeks and involves an in depth investigation of a current issue affecting Australia. It involves group research using academic texts and writing an individual report identifying the issue, the key facts and discussing the research. The group research involves group meetings and minute taking and academic research using a variety of text types and summarising.

Assessment Task 10 Research Report – Group Oral Presentation Due: Week 16

  • This task utilises the research from the report and involves planning and presenting a formal group oral presentation using PowerPoint of 15-20 minutes. The task also provides opportunities for peer assessment and self evaluation.

Assessment Task 11:

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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