Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Goals? Plans? Learning? Journeys ...and the Law

VU21323 Develop and document a learning plan


Setting goals? Making plans? Learning to learn? Self study? These ideas can be very confusing. We will take a new approach this year to "developing, documenting and reviewing" a learning plan.

Let's use some time in your EAL Class (Dale) and EAL Digital Literacy class (Margaret) to research a project that will assist you in meeting goals, improving skills and making sense of where your learning is going?

Download,print and work through PARTS A - F this term to establish your goals, think about your language strengths and weaknesses and to plan a self-paced learning project for yourself. You will not be on your own, your teachers will support you in this. This project will form part of your Learning Portfolio. We will Review your documents in Week 8 as part of your assessment.

My Individual Learning Plan 2015 Cover (Public)

Part A : Learning Goals (Public)

Part B: Factors Impacting Learning (Duke St Students only)

Part C: Making Changes (Duke St Students only)

Part D: Starting a Self Study Project (Duke St Students only)

Part E: Self Study English Project-including links for research (Duke St Students only)

Part F: Self Study Project Planner (Public)

VU21471 Investigate features of the Australian legal system


This week we also start our first Elective of the year. We will cover these areas:

1 Describe the main features of the Australian legal system
2 Examine the process of accessing legal representation
3 Take notes of features of the Australian Legal System
4 Discuss issues raised

Watch the video we viewed in class:

What do the boys say about "politicians", "judges", "the police", "lawyers"?

Vocabulary Activity: Create a mind map. Write "LAW" at the centre of the page. Write as many words you associate with the law around it.

We will discuss the following 10 issues about law based on the kit, "What's the Law?" (Victorian Legal Aid, 2012).

You can view all of the videos from the kit on the What's the Law You Tube Channel.


Assignment 1 : Introduction to the Australian Legal System

1) What is COMMON LAW? What is CRIMINAL LAW? What is CIVIL LAW?

2) What are the three main courts in Australia and how are they different?

In the first assignment for the year you need to watch the video below ...

Download ASSIGNMENT 1  (Access: Duke St students only)

Complete the assignment and submit to your classroom teacher for assessment.

Grammar : 

Can you list ... Subject or Personal Pronouns / Object Pronouns / Possessive Pronouns / Reflexive Pronouns? Do you know how and when we use them?

Here are some lists and worksheets about pronouns you can browse and/or print.

This week we focussed on Reflexive Pronouns. Try this exercise (PDF)

VU21466 Give and respond to a range of straightforward information and instructions / VU21468 Read and write straight forward informational and instructional texts

Journeys - Instructions / Directions / Processes / Procedures

Writing :

Write directions for a friend who wants to walk from Duke Street Community House to Brimbank Library

1) Use the Google map link.
2) Use sequence markers, imperatives, landmarks, time markers in your text.

Practice your prepositions and reading a simple map (American City)

Listening; Direction Game (Find Your Way to My House) (

Listening: What to Pack? (Instructions/Advice) (

Make Your Own Windowsill Garden

Make Your Own Balcony Garden


We will be getting our fingers dirty at Duke Street this term!


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