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ENS7505 English - Level 5 (5 Week)

Full Year, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Examiner: Gay Galligan
Moderator: Michael Berthold


This course aims to further develop students' language skills and strategies in reading, writing, listening and speaking to a level where they can apply their language skills to longer, more complex material and tasks.


The listening and speaking components of the Intermediate course develop listening and speaking skills around a variety of themes such as everyday activities, describing towns and cities, work, social customs and society and change. Vocabulary is also expanded and reinforced. The reading component uses texts which are chosen to develop the reading skills of scanning and skimming, predicting, dealing with vocabulary. Other texts are analysed to build students' awareness of different text types. The writing activities develop students' skills through different genres such as description, recount, narratives, instructions, expressing opinions. Directed self study at the Intermediate level aims at continuing to develop students' ability to work independently of the teacher on individual problems and needs.


On completion of this course, the student should be able to (Test in all Macroskills):

  1. Read and listen to a range of texts on familiar topics with confidence and purpose.
  2. Begin to read and listen to a limited range of topics on less familiar and/or abstract topics with some confidence and purpose; although not necessarily with full comprehension
  3. Understand and describe visual information
  4. Begin to use and understand numbers and basic mathematical concepts with some confidence in speech and writing
  5. Develop the strategies required for managing more complex written and spoken texts
  6. Use and understand a range of grammatical structures and basic connectives and cohesive devices with confidence and reasonable accuracy in speech and writing
  7. Present ideas in writing and speech with a certain amount of clarity, coherence, and confidence
  8. Participate in general discussion on familiar topics with confidence, clarity, and fluency
  9. Produce longer written texts with multiple and specialised paragraphs that show evidence of attention to form and purpose
  10. Produce longer spoken texts with greater depth of argument and evidence
  11. Produce longer written texts with greater depth of argument and incorporation of evidence
  12. Demonstrate an ability to use electronic tools to communicate in English
  13. Develop an emerging sensitivity to and control of the language conventions required for expressing different functions in different contexts
  14. Develop greater awareness of and ability to apply the features of English pronunciation to enhance meaning, clarity, and understanding
  15. Express and recognise a range of functions in spoken and written texts


Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading Skills 25.00
2. Listening Skills 25.00
3. Speaking Skills 25.00
4. Writing Skills 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Solorzano H, Frazier L 2009, Contemporary Topics 1 Academic Listening and Note-Taking Skills Third Edition, Pearson Education, New York.
  • Williams J CUP 2011, Making Connections Low Intermediate A Strategic Approach to Academic Reading and Vocabulary, Melbourne.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Cambridge 2004, Learner's dictionary, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Murphy, R 2004, English grammar in use, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 110.00
Private Study 55.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are required to attend at least 80% of the ELICOS sessions and ensure their attendance is registered with the staff member in charge of the activity. An exception to this attendance level may be made by the university where the student can produce documentary evidence that clearly demonstrates compassionate and compelling circumstances. In this case attendance of at least 70% of the scheduled class sessions will be acceptable. It is the students' responsibility to study all course material to pass assessment items and seek support as necessary.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Refer to statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course. All assessment items must be received prior to the start of the examination period for the intake in which the course is offered. Students may be required to re-submit an assessment piece that is unsatisfactory.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit tasks after the due date without an approved extension of time then a penalty of 5% of the total marks available for the tasks may apply for each day late.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must attempt all of the summative assessment items, achieve at least 50% in the classroom assessment task, 50% in each of the tests and at least 50% of the total overall weighted marks for the course. Students who do not qualify for a passing grade may, at the discretion of the Examiner, be assigned additional work to demonstrate to the Examiner that they have achieved the required standard. It is expected that such students have gained at least 45% of the total marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available in this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade as in Assessment Information 4 will be given a grade of P. Students who are not qualified for a passing grade as in Assessment Information 4 will be given an F.

  6. Examination information:
    Examinations in this course are closed examinations. In a closed examination, candidates are not allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials the candidates can use in the closed Examination for this course are writing materials.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Supplementary examinations will be offered to students who achieve a score of at least 45% at the discretion of the Examiner. These will be held at a time arranged by the Examiner, usually in the final week of the course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at