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ENS0001 Elementary English Language (10 week)

Full Year, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Ian Yin


Confidence with using the English language is built upon students being provided with the opportunity to be challenged with tasks that scaffold their learning allowing them to build confidence through being provided with support whilst encountering increasingly challenging activities.
This course aims to 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 Pre-Intermediate Level.

In this course, reading, writing, listening and speaking have been organised around skills that students need to develop at this level. Students develop language skills and expressions related to areas of immediate relevance, such as information about family, career, shopping, leisure activities, health and basic information about country of origin. Communication tasks centre on simple and routine tasks that require a simple and direct exchange of information with a focus on the familiar and routine. Directed self-study at the appropriate level aims at continuing to develop students' ability to work independently of the teacher on individual problems and needs.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Apply reading and writing skills to allow an understanding and response to basic English texts.
  2. Further their abilities to listen to spoken English and understand key ideas.
  3. Formulate a range of introductory approaches to participate in basic English conversations.
  4. Understand the importance of asking questions to improve the understanding of spoken and written material.
  5. Develop the ability to recognise areas of English which need improvement and strategies that will help achieve this.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading skills:
Read selected texts on familiar topics to obtain a general sense of the meaning.
Understanding of academic paragraph structure.
Comprehend short pieces of connected prose.
Understand authentic, everyday texts.
Read factual texts for main ideas and details.
2. Writing skills:
Write basic sentences and paragraphs.
Extract and transfer written information.
Complete forms with appropriate information.
Develop some strategies for writing simple sentences on familiar topics.
Understand and use some basic grammatical forms.
3. Listening skills:
Listen and identify information in short dialogues.
Listen to selected texts on familiar topics to obtain a general sense of their meaning.
Make notes and match information while listening to a conversation or monologue.
4. Speaking skills:
Understand and use basic grammatical forms.
Carry out reasonable social activities such as making wants and needs known, asking and providing basic information of a personal and impersonal nature.
Respond appropriately to question prompts.
Give and ask for personal factual information.
Give and ask for non-personal information.
Raised awareness of the areas of pronunciation that are proving difficult and work to improve them.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Essential Grammar in Use – Third Edition. Murphy, R. Cambridge University Press.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%)
Negotiated Negotiated Negotiated No 100
Date printed 27 June 2022