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ENS7702 Pre-Intermediate English Language (5 week)

Full Year, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Pre-Intermediate English (5wk)
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091501 - English Language
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 March 2019

Staffing

Examiner: Victoria Wilson

Other requisites

Pre-Requisite: Placement test or previous courses at the same level.
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

Rationale

As with the learning of any language, as confidence with the English language grows, it is important that students are provided with the opportunity to be challenged with more difficult tasks. 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 that help build confidence and prepare students to proceed to the Intermediate Level.

Synopsis

The Pre-Intermediate course presents different themes such as work, leisure, daily routines, holidays, geography, health and culture around which a variety of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are introduced and practised. The four macro skills are developed through role play and information gap questionnaires, pronunciation, dictation, listening for gist, specific information and detail, skimming, scanning, and reading for gist and detail, writing sentences and paragraphs. Directed self-study at the Pre-Intermediate level consolidates and extends students' ability to become more autonomous learners.

Objectives

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Transfer awareness of paragraph structure to the ability to use this structure to produce written texts.
  2. Apply increased levels of grammar comprehension into spoken and written texts.
  3. Engage in a wide range of social activities using reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  4. Analyse and respond to familiar and unfamiliar written and spoken texts.
  5. Use academic skills to enhance understanding of spoken and written material.
  6. Communicate awareness of how to improve identified areas of difficulty.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading skills:
Read selected texts on familiar topics to obtain a general sense of meaning.
Comprehend medium length pieces of connected prose.
Understand authentic, everyday texts.
Read factual texts for main ideas and details.
25.00
2. Writing skills:
Knowledge of paragraph structure.
Write paragraphs on familiar topics that include topic sentences, supporting sentences and conclusions.
Write with an appropriate level of coherence.
Understand and use more advanced grammatical forms in writing.
Extract and transfer written information.
25.00
3. Listening skills:
Listen to selected texts on familiar topics to obtain a general sense of meaning.
Respond appropriately to question prompts.
Listen and identify information in dialogues and short lectures.
Make notes and match information while listening to a conversation or monologue.
25.00
4. Speaking skills:
Understand and use more advanced grammatical forms in speaking.
Make the listener understand what is being communicated.
Carry out increasingly more demanding social activities, such as describing people, talking about jobs and careers, comparing photos or films, discussing historical or cultural events, agreeing/disagreeing.
Recognise areas of pronunciation that are proving difficult and work to improve them.
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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=04&subject1=ENS7702)

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

Murphy, R. Essential Grammar in Use. 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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 110.00
Private Study 55.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
FINAL TEST IN LISTENING 100 25 TBA
FINAL TEST IN READING 100 25 TBA
FINAL TEST IN SPEAKING 100 25 TBA
FINAL 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 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 receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the reading and writing tests by achieving at least 50% of the marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  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.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system.
    This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure continuing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the ELICOS program and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.