English Ready Program 2018

Preparation for uni study: fast track

Get the skills you need to succeed at RMIT.

Learn strategies to help you plan and structure essays and reports. Know how to read texts efficiently and paraphrase and reference correctly. Get tips on how to manage your time.

Location: Building 80, Level 3 Room 17

Note: These workshops cover material from the Preparation for Uni StudyKnowHow program held from February 12 - 16, 2018

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

Date Time Description
Monday 26 February 10.00 am - 12.00 pm Introduction to uni study
Monday 26 February 1.00 - 3.00 pm Assignment structure and planning
Wednesday 28 February 10.00 am - 12.00 pm Efficient reading and note-taking
Wednesday 28 February 1.00 - 3.00 pm Paragraphing, paraphrasing and referencing
Friday 2 March 10.00 am - 12.00 pm Time management

 

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

The workshop timetable for Semester 1 commences on March 5, 2018. The workshops are located in Building 80, Level 3, Room 17.

Time Monday Wednesday Friday
10.30 am Writing English online Grammar studio (repeat) Referencing
11.30 am Grammar studio Strengthening sentences (repeat) Speak out!
12.30 pm Strengthening sentences Melbourne conversations Speaking clearly
1.30 pm   Writing reports in English  

Workshop descriptions

Strengthening sentences and writing good English

When
Mondays, 5 March  - 14 May, 12.30 - 1.30 pm
Wednesdays, 7 March - 16 May, 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 the first 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 5 & 7 March Writing clear sentences
    No classes Monday 12 March (public holiday) and Wednesday 14 March
2 19 & 21 March Compound sentences (coordination)
3 26 & 28 March Complex sentences (subordination)
    No classes 30 March - 5 April (Easter break)
9 & 11 April Sentence variety
5 16 & 18 April Strengthening sentences
    No classes 23 April or 25 April (ANZAC Day)
6 30 April & 2 May Grammatical sentences
7 7 & 9 May Writing good English
8 14 & 16 May Punctuation: a brief guide

Grammar studio

When
Mondays, 5 March - 14 May, 11.30 - 12.30 or
Wednesdays, 7 March - 16 May, 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. Each week you will work with other students and a learning advisor in both giving and receiving feedback on a paragraph of your current writing which will be used for language discussion. The sessions run twice weekly and you are welcome to choose which class you attend.

No classes:

  • 12 March (Labour Day) or Wednesday 14 March
  • 30 March - 5 April (Easter break)
  • 23 April or 25 April (ANZAC Day)

Writing reports in English

When
Wednesdays, 7 March - 18 April, 1.30 - 2.30 pm

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
The workshops focus on how to write a report and the kinds of language features to use. Each session will cover a different section of the report.

Session Date Topic
1 7 March Report structure and Introductory sections
2 14 March Methods and Results/Findings
    No classes 21 March
3 28 March Results/Findings: How to write about your data
    No classes 30 March - 5 April (Easter break)
4 11 April Discussion and Conclusion
5 18 April Recommendations

Writing English online

When
Mondays, 5 March - 9 April, 10.30 - 11.30 am

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
Writing online is a great way to improve your English writing skills. In the workshops you will develop professional writing and media skills and learn about communicating to different audiences. At the same time, you will get the opportunity to reflect on your personal experiences of studying and living in Melbourne and share your insights with other students.

Session Date Topic
1 5 March Self-reflective writing and blogging in Melbourne
    No classes 12 March (Labour Day)
2 19 March Writing for your audience and professional media communication
3 26 March Learn abour successful blog writing
    No classes 30 March - 5 April (Easter break)
4 9 April Strategies to keep up the writing and build local knowledge

Referencing

When
Fridays, 9 March - 6 April, 10.30 - 11.30 am

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
This workshop series begins with how to reference and paraphrase and moves on to how language can be used to make your references more effective. The focus is on using referencing in assignments to show your understanding and critical evaluation of the books and articles you have read. It would be useful to attend all three sessions.

Session Date Topic
9 March The basics of referencing
2 16 March How to paraphrase
3 23 March Language for critiquing sources

Speak out!

When
Fridays, 9 March - 6 April, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description

Gain confidence in speaking out and have fun speaking English and meeting people. The sessions aim to help you develop confidence in initiating and maintaining conversations.

Session Date Topic
1 9 March Asking and responding to questions
2 16 March Taboo topics: talking about sensitive issues
3 23 March Using indirect and polite language
    No classes 30 March - 5 April (Easter break)
4 6 April Speaking assertively when participating in group work and discussions

Speaking clearly

When
Fridays, 9 March - 6 April, 12.30 - 1.30 pm

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
These sessions will build your confidence in communicating with others through practice and constructive feedback. You will learn about voice projection, articulation, rhythm, intonation as well as how to speak clearly without mumbling.

Session Date Topic
1 9 March Speaking clearly with confidence
2 16 March Rhythm and intonation via lyrics and poetry
3 23 March Giving clear instructions
    No classes 30 March - 5 April (Easter break)
4 6 April Dealing with pitch curves, idioms and innuendo

Melbourne conversations

When
Wednesdays, 7 March - 28 March, 12.30 - 1.30 pm

Where
Building 80, Level 3, Room 17

Description
These sessions will cover the ways language is used in everyday contexts. You will have the opportunity to practise conversational skills, visit some local places and engage with Melbourne culture.

Session Date Topic
1 7 March Discussing the people, places and events that have shaped Melbourne (State Library visit and exhibition)
2 14 March Conversing about coffee in Melbourne
3 21 March How to talk about Melbourne landmarks and architectural styles (architecture waliking tour)
4 28 March Shoptalk: debating Melbourne fashion