||Newcastle (Callaghan Campus)
||25 hours per week (Monday - Friday)
||The Elementary English program focuses on the development of basic communication skills for educational and social needs.
||To enter the Elementary Course, students must have:
- completed the Language Centre Beginner English Course; or
- equivalent results in the class placement test given on entry to the Language Centre; or
- an overall test score of 4.0 in the International Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Scan for specific words, figures and times.
- Read slowly and carefully to extract specific information.
- Infer the meaning of an unknown word from context.
- Describe people and objects.
- Write a short narrative in the past tense.
- Write a short narrative using adverbs of frequency.
- Make comparisons using superlatives.
- Request and give information.
- Listen to and follow oral direction.
- Understand the gist of a conversation.
- Listen for detail and specific information.
- Provide personal and non-personal information.
- Contribute to small group discussions on a familiar topic.
- Express likes and dislikes.
- Be able to give short instructions.
- Report information about a third party.
- Give a brief but sustained talk on a chosen topic (related to Australia) in the form of a 5-6 minute oral presentation.
- Be able to hold a short conversation with a teacher or peer.
The course has an integrated syllabus which is predominantly skills-based, with grammar and culture components, and is organized into more than ten unit themes. Each unit theme is used to practise language skills as learners carry out tasks.
- Predicting from headings, pictures and prior knowledge
- Understanding vocabulary in context
- Understanding cohesive devices – referents
- Developing speed in reading
- Vocabulary extension
- Sentences - Simple to complex
- Asking questions
- Recognising a paragraph
- Form filling
- Simple descriptions on topic
- Simple directions e.g. cooking
- Short narrative
- Listening for gist
- Listening for detail
- Listening for text structure
- Listening for key information
- Understanding discourse markers – intonation and stress
- Listening for tone
- 1 min. impromtu talk
- 2 min. formal speech
- Discussion in small groups on personal topics
- Questions and answers
- Using appropriate language
- Pronunciation and stress
- Nouns (Countable/uncountable)
- Adjectives (Comparative/superlatives)
- Adverbs of frequency
- Tenses: Present (simple/continuous/perfect) / Past(simple/continuous) /Future
- Question formation
Cunningham, S. and Moore, P. New Cutting Edge: Pre-Intermediate Longman. ISBN 9781 405 852 289
||Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills are assessed. Marks are weighted as follows: 25% assessment tasks in week 7; 25% class marks; 50% end of course assessment tasks.
Passing the course
Students must obtain 65% or more in three of the four skills. One may be in the 60-64% range. Each of the four components is of equal weighting. Students who pass the course are eligible to commence the Intermediate Course.