Course Title: Give straightforward oral presentations for study purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: LANG5866

Course Title: Give straightforward oral presentations for study purposes

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3403 - Certificate III in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou, Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:;

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Louise McRoberts

Angela Fourtounis


Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this unit of competency, you will be introduced to skills and knowledge required to participate in further study contexts that involve the presentation and discussion of ideas and information in straightforward formal presentations and formal group interactions. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22640 Give straightforward oral presentations for study purposes


1. Prepare for a formal group interaction in a study context

Performance Criteria:


Determine the purpose of the group interaction


Clarify roles of each participant


Identify discussion topics / issues and plan for individual contribution


Confirm contribution with group participants


2. Participate in a formal group interaction in a study context

Performance Criteria:


Present own contribution according to plan


Use a range of expressions and strategies to participate and to present information and ideas to others


Respond to requests for clarification and give explanations as required


Ask and respond to questions about the discussed topic or topics


3. Prepare an oral presentation based on a researched topic

Performance Criteria:


Clarify the topic, purpose, audience and other requirements of the presentation


Locate, select and evaluate research information from a range of sources


Use the processes of planning, drafting and editing to produce a plan of a structured presentation


Identify and access aids and supports appropriate to the planned presentation and confirm availability


Rehearse planned presentation to meet requirements and make appropriate adjustments


4. Give an oral presentation based on research

Performance Criteria:


Organise prepared materials


Use effective openings and closings in the presentation


Present information according to the presentation plan using strategies and language to engage the audience


Use prepared aids and supports effectively


Encourage audience to seek clarification and respond effectively to any questions from the audience


5. Review performance in formal group interactions and oral presentations

Performance Criteria:


Seek feedback from the audience on the effectiveness of the presentation


Seek feedback from teacher or other group members on contribution to group interaction


Conduct a review of performance according to relevant criteria


Discuss performance and  potential for improvements to  future contributions and presentations with a support person

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 ISLPR Speaking 2+/3 and Listening 2+/3 and The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) indicators of competence in Oral Communication at Level 3. 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of the Certificate III in EAL (Further Study) which is an integrated program. This means that this unit is studied with one other unit on the same day:  GEDU6179 (VU22615) -  Investigate issues in the Australian environment and it is part of Cluster 2. The Certificate III in EAL program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. The program will have a minimum of 8 hours directed study per week and some of this directed study will be for this unit (GEDU6179). There will also be some recommended study to be completed, although not compulsory. Attendance is not required during directed study time, however it is  expected that all work given is completed. An outline of the weekly delivery and directed Study is published each week on canvas.


Teaching Schedule



Key Activities


Week 1


 Introduction to course

Teacher to introduce course, topics, assessment tasks and accessing the course via Canvas. Handout Assessment Task 1. Students to read with teacher and choose a topic to research on the Australian environment. 

Class introductions, following template handed out by teacher, in the form of oral presentations. Introduction/body/conclusion. 





Week 2


Presentation skills & Report writing

Read a topic on waste management and take notes to discuss in class and produce a short oral presentation. Students to be guided on presentation skills- sign posting/strategies/language/prepared aids. Use of template to practise giving oral presentations. Students required to write information in three parts with a greeting/summary/body/conclusion.(Taking questions)

Introduce report writing-layout and headings needed to include in final report in assessment tasks. 





Week 3


Presentation skills and Research/note taking

Students to be introduced to the Australian environment and the issues concerning Australia. Class to watch a short program on various issues concerning the Australian environment. Practice to learn the skills to present an environmental topic. Teacher to hand out topics for students to practise giving information. Example of an ideal oral presentation to be given by the teacher. Topics to choose from:

  • handling waste
  • saving water
  • power use
  • pollution
  • recycling (plastics/paper/clothes)

Skills focus on research, taking notes,  paraphrasing and summarising for a piece of  writing. In pairs, students to write a report  on their chosen topic.






Week 4


Report Writing

Australian Environmental Issue

Skills to do with report writing- layout and headings, summarising, use of references, to write a successful report  on an Australian environmental issue. Research an Australian environmental issue, (eg traffic congestion, food waste), note take and paraphrase the information. Use online plagiarism sites to note authenticity.

Skills to learn how to summarise successfully and practise summarising. 

Watch an episode of the ABC documentary "War on Waste"  (Season 1 or 2) with the students to discuss, take notes, paraphrase and summarise.

Students to work in pairs to deliver an oral presentation on the documentary.






Week 5



Assessment Task 1 oral presentation practise

 Report draft


Students to practise oral presentations for Assessment Task 1.  

Peer and self assessment to take place. Review and feedback from the teacher. Draft of reports to be completed for feedback.






Week 6


Report writing and feedback Students to watch a short video on climate change and the Great Barrier Reef. Take notes - with teacher guidance. Paraphrase the information gathered and summarise the information. Present in report form, using the present tense. Feedback on practice oral presentations. Students to work on improving and changing for submission in week 7.






Week 7


Assessment Task 1 oral presentation practise


Oral presentations to begin for Assessment Task 1. Final report due week 9. Peer and self assessment to take place. Review and feedback from the teacher on oral presentation practice and report writing. 

Students to practise oral presentations for Assessment Task 1.  





Week 8

Introduce Group Collaborations

Introduce Group Collaborations in preparation for Assessment Task 2.

  • How to work together in a group.
  • What is group collaboration?
  • What are the roles of each member?

Students to work together to assign roles within the group. Students to identify roles, define the roles and assign the roles. Groups to then discuss in class, the effectiveness of their collaboration. 

Oral Presentation practise may continue this week.






Week 9


Complete and submit Assessment Task 1

Students to submit Assessment Task 1 and complete formal presentation on topic.

Students to be  given a topic on an Australian environment issue, to research and present in class. Each student to research and present different parts, using the stages of presenting, body language, sign posting, introducing members of the group and concluding with questions from the audience. Self assessment and peer review in the form of discussion to follow. 





Week 10



Note taking



Students to watch an environmental video on an Australian environmental issue to discuss. Students will note taking, then paraphrase, summarise and confer with one another to compare and discuss notes.

Hand out Assessment Task 2






Week 11





Prepare for assessment task


Students to work on Assessment Task 2, ensuring they have collaborated with the teacher and each other on the topic and roles each member of the group will take. Using information online, in newspapers, on the RMIT database, students will take notes and paraphrase the information gathered. Drafts of written work to be handed in for feedback. Practice summarising and rewriting the information to use in the presentation and report. Students to adjust and improve presentations.





Week 12


Research an Australian Environmental issue /How to reference

Students to continue researching and note taking. Some time in class will involve the Harvard reference style for websites and images. Students to ensure the use of visual aides is appropriately referenced. Research and working on assessment task 2 will continue. Students to present draft pieces of their reports for feedback. Students to continue practising to present their research in groups. Note, speech, pronunciation, use of body language, visual aides, sign posting, eye contact and taking questions.






Week 13


Research and presentations  

Begin Group Presentations

Assessment Task 2 due

Collaborations to continue, students to be given time to work together in their groups. All groups to meet with the teacher to discuss progress and/or issues.  Feedback on practice oral presentations to be given By this stage all groups will have worked out the order of presentations and material with appropriate references included in the report. The use and type of visual aides to be checked by the teacher. All groups to begin group presentations. 





Week 14

Complete Group  Presentations

Assessment Task 2 due

Presentations to continue if not completed. All other groups to be given feedback and reviews on performance. Upload the report onto Canvas. Evaluation and reflection to be completed by all students in their groups and of each other. 






Week 15ReviewAny groups or students who need to submit other/more information OR resubmit any work will be given this time to complete.  





Week 16ReviewOne on one feedback and review by teacher on second assessment task and overall performance (VU22640 E5; VU22615 E2, E2, E3)
Week 17 Assessment re submissions; finalise assessment

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

The course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the weekly delivery plans which are updated each week.

Your program is made up of:

  • Orientation
  • Learning activities
  • Mid semester review
  • Guest speakers
  • Excursions
  • Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes:

  • Induction Booklet and presentation
  • Explore RMIT activity
  • Orientation to RMIT Libraries

Course Dates Mon 8 July-Friday 8 November

Mid semester break Monday 2 Sept-Friday 6 September 

Public Holidays Friday 27 September 








Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


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 microphone (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
  • USB (Memory stick)
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - Laptop (if you have one) 

The teacher will provide handouts and resources during class time. You can locate these resources on Canvas..

Overview of Assessment

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. 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 observation of performance in formal group interaction and oral presentation, portfolio of evidence, verbal questions or review of notes, aids and supports. 

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester, in both oral and written form, 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 coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 


The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT university student as well as the responsibilities of the university. This can be found on the RMIT University website at:


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a Competent (C) / Not Yet Competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. Feedback will be given 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 research, note taking and writing skills. Assistance will be given 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.

This program consists of two tasks:

Task 1:  Individual Research Project - Australian Environment (Week 9)

This task will involve preparing and planning an oral presentation on a researched topic on an Australian Environmental issue. In addition, this task requires a written report on the research gathered. The report will need to be written and submitted along with the assessment task.

Task 2: Group Research Project - Australian Environment (Week 13-14)

This task will involve preparing and producing a group oral presentation on a researched topic on an Australian Environmental issue. In addition, this task requires a written report on the research gathered. Each student will need to prepare information that varies to others within the group. The report will be written and submitted individually.

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 successfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject.

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


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
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
Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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