Course Title: Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: GEDU6044

Course Title: Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3310 - Certificate III in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou and Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact Email: baia.tsakouridou@rmit.edu.au, bloss.robertson@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane Saunders: jane.saunders@rmit.edu.au

Angela Fourtounis: angela.fourtounis@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description


This unit of competency describes speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required in further study by adult learners with language background other than English. In this unit you will focus on listening and speaking skills in English to participate in further study contexts which involve formal, informal and instructional interactions.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21500 Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further study

Element:

1 Make verbal requests and suggestions in a study context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Introduce the request or suggestion
1.2 Clarify the main reasons for the request or suggestion
1.3 Express reason, evidence or argument to support the request or suggestion
1.4 Clarify ambiguous points and seek advice

Element:

2 Respond to verbal instructions related to study tasks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Clarify the purpose of the verbal instructions or questions
2.2 Respond appropriately to familiar imperative and question forms
2.3 Confirm the requirements of the instructions or questions and respond appropriately
2.4 Record key information as appropriate

Element:

3 Give instructions or steps in a study related process

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the purpose for the instructions and the outcome of the process
3.2 Convey the sequence and requirement of each step for successful completion of the process
3.3 Meet needs of audience
3.4 Use non verbal supports as appropriate

Element:

4 Prepare for group work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 List the key reasons for group work in further study
4.2 Identify advantages and disadvantages of group work
4.3 List key responsibilities and expectations of group members in further study contexts
4.4 Identify strategies for dealing with problems within group

Element:

5 Participate in an informal group discussio

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use a range of strategies to initiate, maintain and manage an informal discussion
5.2 Use informal expressions to enter and exit from discussion
5.3 Express opinions and attitudes on a range of topics
5.4 Clarify misunderstandings and ambiguous points


Learning Outcomes


The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Speaking and Listening. They contribute directly to the achievement of Speaking 2+ / 3 and Listening 2+ / 3
and

the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) http://www.deewr.gov.au/SKILLS/PROGRAMS/LITANDNUM/ACSF/Pages/default.aspx . They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence in Oral Communication at Level 3.
 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in EAL (Further Study) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

The Weekly Program Delivery Plan is a detailed outline of what activities you will be undertaking in each session on a weekly basis. You can access this via Blackboard (Mystudies) on the first day of each teaching week.

This unit in part covers the speaking and listening macro skills addressed in the certificate.
 

SPEAKING

You will:

  • work in pairs and in small groups and conduct a survey
  • give a formal oral presentation based on group and individual projects
  • take part in formal and informal discussions

This unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

WRITING

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include formal letters, course applications, essays, and short reports. You will:

  • do a research project based on Australian Law
  • take notes from a range of complex texts
  • develop a writing folio which includes extended written texts
  • learn to locate and record references used
  • learn about research and report writing
  • learn to plan, draft and proofread your work.
  • construct formatted texts for study purposes
  • become familiar with academic discourse

The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.


Teaching Schedule


Program dates:

13th July 2015 – 20th November, 2015


Semester break:

21st September – 2nd October, 2015


Public Holiday:
Melbourne Cup Day 3rd November, 2015

 

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with BSBITU303A - Design and produce text documents.  The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course

 

WeekVU21500 Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further studyVU21500BSBITU303A
 
 1

Course Introduction

Computer Diagnostic Test

Vocabulary and Spelling

Verbal instructions

OH & S

E2, E5E1, E2, E3, E4
 2Assessment of student’s word processing skills

Giving Instructions

E1, E2E1, E2, E3, E4
 3Designing a text document

Documents used in further study

E1, E2, E4E4, E5
 4Formatting a text documentE1, E2E2, E5
 5Formatting a text documentE1, E2E2, E5
 6Structure and layoutE2, E5E1, E2
 7Automatic functions

Group work

E5E1
 8Consistency of design and layoutE1, E2E1
 9Consolidating last 8 weeks of text documentsE1, E2, E3, E4, E5E1, E2, E3, E4
 10

MID SEMESTER INTERVIEWS

E4, E5E2
 11COMPUTER ASSESSMENT TASK -
DESIGN AND PRODUCE TEXT DOCUMENTS
E1, E2, E3, E4, E5E1, E2, E3, E4
 12Complex TablesE2, E3E1, E2, E3
 13

Adding tables and other data to text documents

Group work discussions

responsibilities and strategies

E2, E3, E4, E5E1, E2, E3
 14

Advanced software functions

Participate in an informal group discussion of preparation for assessment

E4, E5E1, E2
 15COMPUTER ASSESSMENT TASK - STRAIGHTFORWARD INTERACTIONS TO PREPARE WORD PROCESSED DOCUMENTS
E1, E2, E3, E4, E5E1, E2, E3, E4
 16Review of Assessment TaskE1, E2, E3, E4, E5E1, E2, E3, E4
 17RESULTS AND END OF COURSE  

 


**The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.

Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes:
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

TEXTS AND EQUIPMENT

There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring:

  • English-English dictionary (we ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
  • Thesaurus
  • Display folder with plastic sleeves
  • Highlighter pens
  • Notebook or loose leaf paper
  • Headphones with a microphone (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
  • USB (Memory stick)


Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:


book reviews,

presentations,

group research reports.
 

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/ summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.


Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

Summative assessments:

TASK DUE WEEK 11 - DESIGN AND PRODUCE TEXT DOCUMENTS

TASK DUE WEEK 15 - STRAIGHTFORWARD INTERACTIONS TO PREPARE WORD PROCESSED DOCUMENTS
 


 

Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.
 


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to the required skills and knowledge. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. To sucessfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.

Other Information

Attendance
Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academicprogress
 

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress
 

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Extension www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy
www.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity

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