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ENS7501 English - Level 1 (5 Week)

Full Year, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Examiner: Ian Yin
Moderator: Michael Berthold


The entry course is for students with limited experience of formal study of English. The aim of the course is to develop language skills and provide strategies in reading, writing, listening and speaking to prepare students to go on to the pre-elementary course. Directed self-study is an integral part of the course to facilitate the development of independence and the individualisation of learning.


The course takes learners from complete beginner to pre-elementary level. The syllabus is structured to provide guidance in grammar, and vocabulary, while at the same time improving student proficiency in all language skills. The syllabus is also organised functionally so key language knowledge and skills' such as introductions, invitations, telling the time and asking for information, are practiced in communicative context. The course aims to foster learner independence through a programme of extensive reading and activities directed by teachers but completed outside the classroom. There is a general aim of increased language proficiency in all components with a particular focus on the development of literacy and numeracy skills.


On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Make personal introductions and ask and respond to questions relating to home, study, lifestyle and employment at a rudimentary level
  2. Comprehend, be familiar with and utilise fundamental everyday expressions
  3. Interact socially in a meaningful way, the student?s level notwithstanding
  4. Write a meaningful sentence with reasonable accuracy
  5. Read and write rudimentary information such as telephone numbers and dates.
  6. Have a fundamental operational command of everyday English including numbers, the alphabet, filling in forms and asking for directions


Description Weighting(%)
1. Developing reading skills 25.00
2. Developing listening skills 25.00
3. Developing speaking skills 25.00
4. Developing 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). (

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  • Moor, P & Redston, C 2002, Cutting Edge Starter Student Book, Pearson Longman, New York.
  • Moor, P & Redston, C 2002, Cutting Edge Starter Workbook, Pearson Longman, New York.

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.
  • To be advised.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 110.00
Private Study 55.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Test in Listening 100 25 TBA
Test in Reading 100 25 TBA
Test in Speaking 100 25 TBA
Test in Writing 100 25 TBA

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are required to attend at least 80% of the scheduled class 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 access information regarding course-related activities and administration.

  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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade a student must attempt all summative assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the core skill of reading, 50% for the core skill of writing, and an average of 50% for the combined total weighted marks for speaking and listening.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    Closed Examination: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held at the end of each intake.

  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