English Ready Program 2018

Preparation for uni study: fast track

Get the skills you need to succeed at RMIT and make a smooth transition to university studies.

  • Be prepared for lectures, tutorials and writing assignments,

  • Gain critical reading strategies and learn how to take effective notes from sources

  • Understand the principles of paragraphing, paraphrasing and referencing

  Monday 16 July Wednesday 18 July
10.00 am - 12.00 pm Introduction to uni study Efficient reading and note-taking
1.00 - 3.00 pm Assignment structure and planning Paragraphing, paraphrasing and referencing


Location: Building 80, Level 3, room 17

Note: These workshops cover material from the Preparation for Uni Study StudyKnowHow program, which was held in July (10-14).

English Ready workshops

There are so many ways to build your language and communications skills while you study. Great skills will help you get the grades and the job you want. Build your confidence in writing, grammar or speaking and presenting. Work online, join a group, ask a teacher, practise, have fun!

Join our English Ready learning community by attending workshops throughout the year.

Topics are divided into four main areas:

  • Speaking and presenting
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Writing and ideas
  • Study skills and work readiness

No need to book; just arrive 5 minutes before sessions start.

English Ready workshop weekly timetable (Semester 2)

Location: Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Time Monday Wednesday Friday
10.30 am   Grammar Studio (repeat) Speak out!
11.30 am Grammar Studio Strengthening sentences (repeat) Rhythms of English
12.30 pm Strengthening sentences    
1.30 pm      

Workshop descriptions

Strengthening sentences

When
Mondays, 23 July  - 13 August, 12.30 - 1.30 pm
Wednesdays, 25 July - 15 August, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm (repeat sessions)

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
Learn about sentence types and how to clarify meaning at the sentence level. The workshops provide a general introduction to basic sentence structure. Each workshop builds on the previous one, so it is important to attend all four sessions. The focus is on how sentence combinations can be used to achieve greater grammatical accuracy and flexibility in writing.

Session Dates Topics
1 23 & 25 July Writing clear sentences
2 30 July & 1 Aug Compound sentences (coordination)
3 6 & 8 Aug Complex sentences (subordination)
9 & 11 April Sentence variety

Grammar Studio

When
Mondays, 23 July - 13 August, 11.30 - 12.30 or
Wednesdays, 25 July - 15 August, 10.30 - 11.30 am

Where
Building 80. Level 3, Room 17

Description

Grammar Studio provides an opportunity for you to improve your understanding of English grammar and sentence structure so that you can proof read your own work.  Each week you participate with other students and a learning advisor in both giving and receiving feedback on a paragraph of your current writing. The sessions run twice weekly and you are welcome to choose which class you attend.

Speak out!

When
Fridays, 27 July - 17 August, 10.30 - 11.30 am

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description

Improve your ability to speak out in social and university situations with fun, relaxed activities. The sessions aim to help you develop confidence in initiating and maintaining conversations.

Session Date Topic
1 27 July Conversation: asking and responding to questions
2 3 Aug Taboo topics: talking about sensitive issues
3 10 Aug Using indirect and polite language
4 17 Aug Speaking assertively when participating in discussions and group work

Rhythms of English

Fridays, 27 July - 17 August, 11.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description

If you pronounce individual English words well but still find that native speakers have trouble understanding you, or if you have trouble understanding native speakers, you might need to work on sentence stress. English is a stress-timed language, which means native speakers only pronounce clearly the most important words in the sentence and ‘mispronounce’ the rest. These four sessions will give you areas of pronunciation to work on with many practice activities to build confidence and clarity in speaking

Session Date Topic
1 27 July Rhythm and stress in speech patterns
2 3 Aug Stress and intonation determine interpretation of what we say
3 10 Aug Emphasis and contrastive stress can change meaning
4 17 Aug Rhetorical questions, expressing sincerity and irony