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ENS7605 English - Level 5 (10 Week)

Full Year, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Staffing

Examiner: Victoria Wilson
Moderator: Michael Berthold

Rationale

The Intermediate 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.

Synopsis

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, discussion, expressing opinions, arguing 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.

Objectives

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 specialised paragraphs that show evidence of attention to form and purpose
  10. Produce longer written texts with greater depth of argument and incorporation of evidence
  11. Produce longer spoken texts with multiple and specialised sections that show evidence of attention to form, and purpose
  12. Produce longer spoken texts with greater depth of argument and evidence
  13. Demonstrate an ability to use electronic tools to communicate in English
  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

Topics

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). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2015&sem=04&subject1=ENS7605)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Douglas, N 2010, Reading Explorer 3, Heinle Cengage Learning, Boston.
  • Ostrowska, S 2014, Unlock Listening and Speaking Skills 3, Cambridge University Press.

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 220.00
Private Study 110.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
FINAL TEST IN LISTENING 100 20 TBA
FINAL TEST IN READING 100 20 TBA
FINAL TEST IN SPEAKING 100 20 TBA
FINAL TEST IN WRITING 100 20 TBA
WEEK 5 LISTENING TEST 100 5 TBA
WEEK 5 READING TEST 100 5 TBA
WEEK 5 SPEAKING TEST 100 5 TBA
WEEK 5 WRITING TEST 100 5 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.