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SWINBURNE COLLEGE Course Information Booklet 2014 General English, Level 2


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STUDENT COURSE OUTLINE Week 1 About you

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Melbourne

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People

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Events

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Money and Jobs

General Level 2

Grammar / Writing Outlines and structure for a story, SVOCA, word order, present simple and continuous Reading Introduction to reading, strategies for scanning & gist, graded reader Speaking Asking for and giving information, pronunciation and fluency Listening Listening for main ideas & details Other Introduction to Course Information Booklet ILC orientation Grammar / Writing Editing, correction code, the writing process, modals, capitalisation Reading Skimming and scanning strategies, graded reader – Ned Kelly Speaking Fluency, pronunciation, timed reading, speaking strategies Listening Listening for main ideas and details Grammar / Writing Organising paragraphs, present & past perfect Reading Prediction strategies, timed reading, gist,graded reader – Ned Kelly Speaking Fluency, pronunciation, timed reading, speaking strategies Listening Listening for main ideas and details Grammar / Writing Writing linked paragraphs, noun phrases, conditionals, determiners Reading Recognising unfamiliar vocabulary, graded reader – Ned Kelly Speaking Fluency, pronunciation, timed reading, speaking strategies Listening Listening for main ideas and details Grammar / Writing Review and writing test, complex-compound sentences, adjectives Reading Identifying relevant ideas, timed reading – Week 5 test Speaking Speaking test Listening Listening for main ideas and details Listening test

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Amazing stories

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Health

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Holidays

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Revision/ Assessment

Grammar / Writing Formal writing vs stories, organising paragraphs, passives Reading Using text features, graded reader – Ned Kelly Speaking Fluency, pronunciation, timed reading, speaking strategies Listening Listening for main ideas and details Grammar / Writing Planning stories, past tenses Reading Skimming and scanning consolidation, writing production in response to reading, graded reader – Ned Kelly Speaking Fluency, pronunciation, timed reading, speaking strategies Listening Listening for main ideas & details Grammar / Writing Editing, gerunds and infinitives, pronouns Reading Inferences, gist, graded reader – Ned Kelly excursion (week 8 or 9) Speaking Fluency, pronunciation, timed reading, speaking strategies Listening Listening for main ideas and details Grammar / Writing Practise writing stories, review of writing skills, future time, imperatives Reading Text organisation, main ideas from context, graded reader – Ned Kelly Speaking Fluency, pronunciation, timed reading, speaking strategies Listening Listening for main ideas and details Grammar / Writing Writing test (If not held in week 9) Reading Reading Test Speaking Fluency, pronunciation, timed reading, speaking strategies Listening Listening Test and Poster Presentation Arrangements to leave before you receive your report and recommendation MUST NOT be made.

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INDEPENDENT LEARNING (ILC:TD 140) /e-learning The ILC provides self-paced learning materials and resources for independent study. You can access newspapers, magazines, books, dictionaries, readers, and course materials, as well as listening, spelling, grammar and pronunciation programs. You will also find a wide variety of ESL computer and online language programs. An ILC teacher is available at all times to give advice and guidance. Opening times for the Independent Learning Centre are displayed on the door of TD140. In order to provide a quiet learning environment for all students, we ask you not to talk in the ILC unless absolutely necessary. If you need to discuss some work with class mates or ask an ILC teacher a question, please speak quietly and always in English. You are required to do a total of five hours of independent learning per week. This includes a minimum of one hour a week on Blackboard, which is the University’s online learning management system. You can do all your independent learning on Blackboard or a combination of hours in the ILC and online work. You can access Blackboard at home or anywhere else you have Internet access.

EARLY DEPARTURE Students must attend all classes, assessments and presentations up to and including those on the Friday of week 10. They should not make arrangements to leave prior to the completion of the program and receipt of reports and certificates. If a departure before the end of the course prevents you from completing assessments, your report will be affected and you may not achieve the level required to progress.

WHO TO TALK TO? 1) If you have any queries or concerns during your course, you should first talk to your main teacher who will discuss the issue with you and hopefully find a solution. 2) If your teacher is unable to help, they will refer you to the Program Leader who will be happy to listen to your comments or concerns. 3) If the Program Leader is unable to solve your problem or answer your question, you may be referred to the Director of Studies.

1) Class Teacher(s)

2) Academic Program Manager

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3) Assistant Director of Studies

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ASSESSMENT POLICY Assessments Placement Test At the start of your ELICOS program you will undertake a placement test. The placement test consists of an online reading, grammar and listening test of 30 minutes duration plus a writing test also of 30 minutes duration. Your results are used to determine the level and the class in which you are placed. Course Assessments You will be assessed in all macro skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Grammar as well as Study Skills. The assessment may consist of both continuous assessment tasks/tests as well as end of program tests.

Listening 20% Reading 20%

Writing 20%

Speaking 20% Grammar 10% Study Skills 10%

Assessments Weighting % Listening test (week 5) 50 Listening test (week 10) 50 Graded reader 30 Reading test (week 5) 30 Reading test (week 10) 40 Weekly writing folio 40 Writing test (Week 5) 30 Writing test (Week 10) 30 Presentation (week 5) 40 Interaction (week 10) 60 Grammar Quizzes x 2 100 ILC/e-learning 50 Approach to study (i.e. Working independently, classroom participation, completion of class tasks and homework, 50 punctuality, working with others)

Successful completion of General English 2

To progress to EAP 3 you must obtain a minimum overall score of 70%, with all skill areas greater than 65%. If your overall score is 60%, with all skill areas greater than 55%, you will progress to General English 3.

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Implementation of Assessments Lateness A) Listening Test If you arrive after the recording has started, you will not be allowed to enter the room until the Listening test is finished. You will not be allowed to sit the test again unless there are special reasons approved by the Coordinator Operations. B) Writing and Reading Tests If you arrive late for the Writing or Reading test, you can join the rest of the class, but you will not be given extra-time, unless there are special reasons approved by the Program Leader or Director of Studies. C) Oral Presentations / Speaking Assessments We will try to re-organise the Speaking Assessments so you can participate if you arrive late. 10% of your final marks will be deducted for lateness unless there are special reasons approved by the Coordinator Operations. In case of group presentations the 10% will only be deducted from you; the other students receive the normal result. D) Assignments and Other Assessed Tasks If you submit assignments late, you will lose 10% of the final mark for each day late, including Saturday and Sunday, unless you have discussed a different due date with your teacher or the Coordinator Operations beforehand. Group Work It is your responsibility, with the help of your teacher, to organise your group work assignments. If your group has problems that cannot be solved, you need to make a written complaint to your teacher or the Program Leader. If your teacher thinks the complaint is valid he or she will re-arrange the groups. Absenteeism If you are absent for a test you will receive zero marks unless there are special reasons that you can support with original documents (e.g. medical certificates). In this case you will re-sit the missed test at a time determined by the Program Leader. Students at Risk If your teacher thinks you are at risk of not successfully completing the level, he/she will discuss this with you not later than week 5 after you have finished the assigned tasks for that period. You may be asked to repeat weeks 1-5 again to consolidate your English language skills. Plagiarism If you copy from someone else’s work (e.g. print or Internet resources, or work by classmates) you will be given the opportunity to re-submit the final draft of the assignment once. If you cheat (e.g. copy from class mates or from notes) during a test, you will be warned once. If it happens again, you will be allowed to finish the test but will get zero marks and you will be informed by the teacher of the second breach after you have finished the test.

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Swinburne College - Swinburne University of Technology Complaints If you think a result of an assignment is not correct, you can discuss it with the Program Leader and your work might be re-marked by another teacher.

STUDY REQUIREMENTS In order to organise work you must have the following stationery requirements 1. ENGLISH DICTIONARY – Either Beginners, Learners Dictionary of Current English or Collins Co-Build Students Dictionary. 2. A4 Ring Binder with Paper 3. Ball Point Pens 4. USB Key (Memory Stick) – Provided by Swinburne College 5. A5 Notebook (to write Journal) You should organise all work under subject heading and all material should be dated for future reference and revision. All major written assignments that you hand in for marking should have an Assessment Cover Sheet. This can be found both at Reception and in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC).

Presentation Requirements Paper Size

A4

Writing

Word processed with double line spacing. Text should be written in lower case according to punctuation, display requirements and using Times New Roman or Arial font.

Margin

At left 3.5 cms

Printing

Printing of writing assignments can be done in the open access computer labs provided for Swinburne students. Payment is made via a printer card.

Submissions

Student assignments and Homework should be placed in the marked letterbox of the teacher or handed directly to the teacher. All major assignments must be handed in with an assignment cover sheet – see previous page.

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