Course Title: Give complex presentations for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GEDU5903

Course Title: Give complex presentations for further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4245 - Certificate IV in ESL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Melanie Kyle 94.3.16 email:

Tim Morris 94.3.16 email:

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 email:

Caroline McEnroe 94.3.22 email:

Betty Koklanis 94.3.16 email:

Nominal Hours: 80

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


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. The focus of this unit is on advanced listening and speaking skills in English to participate in further study contexts which involve the presentation and discussion of ideas and information in complex formal presentations and group discussions. This unit is delivered as part of an integrated academic preparation program.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU529 Give complex presentations for further study


1. Interpret sustained formal interactions in a study context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the topic and purpose of the formal interaction
1.2 Outline main ideas or key arguments expressed, and supporting evidence
1.3 Distinguish between facts and opinions presented
1.4 Identify key structural features and discourse strategies used in the communication
1.5 Respond to the ideas presented, expressing an opinion supported by evidence or examples


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

Performance Criteria:

2.1Establish context, purpose and requirements for formal interaction
2.2Use a range of spoken discourse strategies to participate effectively in the interaction
2.3Express and respond to opinions or ideas supported by evidence or examples
2.4Request and respond to requests for clarification and give explanations as required
2.5Evaluate own contribution with others and identify areas for improvement


3. Prepare an extended oral presentation on a researched topic

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Analyse and confirm study task requirements for the presentation
3.2 Locate, evaluate and synthesise relevant information and ideas from a range of courses
3.3 Use planning and drafting processes to structure and sequence the presentation
3.4 Document a detailed plan for the presentation
3.5 Identify evaluate and access supporting materials appropriate to the presentation and confirm availability


4. Give an extended oral presentation on a researched topic

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Introduce and provide an overview of the presentation
4.2 Communicate information, ideas and analysis according to the plan
4.3 Use discourse markers, vocabulary and expression, and non verbal strategies effectively in the presentation
4.4 Engage and respond to the audience and clarify or elaborate where necessary
4.5 Use supporting materials effectively
4.6 Conclude the presentation by summarising main points and drawing key conclusions


5. Evaluate performance

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Seek feedback from the audience and or teacher on the effectiveness of the presentation
5.2 Conduct a review of performance according to relevant criteria

5.3 Discuss performance and any ideas from feedback on improving future 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 3/3+ and Listening 3/3+ 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (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.

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

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:

You will:

  • interpret formal and informal conversations
  • listen and take notes from guest speaker presentations

You will:

  • work in pairs and in small groups
  • give a formal oral presentation
  • participate in formal and informal discussions
  • take part in debating


You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context. You will:

  • read , analyse and review complex texts for research purposes
  • read current issues texts
  • study items in the news every week and compare television and newspaper news

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 22 July – Fri 6 December, 2013

Term Break: Mon 23 September – Sun 6 October 2013

Public holidays: Tue 5 November (Melbourne Cup Day)

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. This unit is clustered with VPAU517 Take notes from aural texts (GEDU5904).  The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course.

Week VPAU529 Give complex presentations for further study
22 July

 Skills analysis listening task



29 July

 Stolen Generations : TV documentary: note taking, listening & discussion

5 August

 Compensation for Stolen Generations: note taking, listening & discussion

12 August

 Prepare for film screening using study guide: discuss characters, plot, setting, vocabulary

19 August

 Preparation for assessment task Take Notes from Aural Texts

26 August

 Preparation for assessment task Take Notes from Aural Texts



 Prepare for documentary using study guide: discuss environmental issues & vocabulary

9 September

 Complete assessment task analyse and take notes from aural texts

16 September

  Mid semester interviews

7 October

 Analyse the features of a documentary and participate in a group discussion

14 October

 Tutorial: current issues topic for research report preparation
  • listen & take notes from AV texts

21 October

 Tutorial: current issues topic for research report preparation

  • listen & take notes from AV texts

28 October

 Analyse the features of a documentary

4 November

 Prepare and discuss debating topics

11 November

 Group Oral presentation preparation

18 November

 Group Oral presentation preparation

25 November

 Group oral presentations (assessment task

  • group PowerPoint slides on 1 USB
  • teacher & peer assessment
  • respond to questions from audience

25 November


**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
  • Guest speakers
  • Excursions
  • 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)
  • RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of
your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

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 (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
  • USB (Memory stick)

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 on:

  • presenting a proposal,
  • formal discussions,
  • preparation and delivering and oral presentations based on research with peer 
  •  self evaluation


    Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class both oral and written, 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 Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

    An assessment charter (  summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
    Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc  

Assessment Tasks

Summative assessments:

Assessment Task 5 Take notes from an aural text and participate in a group discussion
Due: Weeks summative assessment 2, 4, 6, and assessed in Week 8

  • This task explores text types and purposes with listening and note taking to documentary aural texts. Students will take notes whilst listening to selected texts and participate in small group discussion and expressing opinions with evidence and examples. Students will also evaluate their participation in the discussion and identify areas for improvement.


Assessment Task 8 Analyse the features of a documentary Due: Weeks 13

  • This task involves students watching a documentary film and independently identifying purpose, audience, structure and tone.


Assessment Task 9 Debating Due: Week 14&15

  • This task involves participating in a team to research an allocated debate topic finding statistics, quotes and evidence to use as evidence in the debate. The group will participate in a formal debate against an opposing team.

Assessment Task 11 Research Report – Group Oral Presentation Due: Week 16 and 17

  • This task utilises the research from the report and involves planning and presenting a formal group oral presentation using PowerPoint of 15-20 minutes. The task also provides opportunities for peer assessment and self evaluation.

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

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

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. 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. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.

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