Course Title: Take notes from complex aural texts for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: LANG5799

Course Title: Take notes from complex aural texts for further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4344 - Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact Email:,

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marcelle Damicoucas 51.02.02

Wendy Joseph 51.02.02

Jane Collins 51.2.02

Nominal Hours: 50

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 listening and note taking performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language backgrounds other than English. In this unit you will focus on advanced listening and speaking skills in English to participate in further study contexts, focusing on responding to a wide range of complex verbal instructions, interpreting and discussing ideas and opinions with others in informal contexts and negotiating a complex exchange.

This unit is part of an integrated academic preparation program. It aims to provide you with the cultural understanding, advanced English language and study skills to participate in further study contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21510 Take notes from complex aural texts for further study


1 Analyse sustained / complex aural texts relevant to study context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm purpose of note-taking in relation to the study task
1.2 Clarify the topic, purpose, genre and audience of a complex / sustained aural text
1.3 Identify register, style, and tone of the text
1.4 Identify key structural features of the text
1.5 Note discourse strategies used by the speakers
1.6 Evaluate relevance of the text to the study task


2 Write notes from a complex aural text for a study task

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm requirements of the study task
2.2 Use a range of strategies to record information, outlining main ideas or themes and supporting information relevant to purpose
2.3 Review notes for accuracy and clarity
2.4 Assess the usefulness of the notes for the study purpose
2.5 Use notes according to review and assessment

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 3/3+ and Listening 3/3+


• the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence in Oral Communication at Level 4.


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with  another unit 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.
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 listening  and writing macro skills addressed in the certificate.

Examples of how you will practice and study the units:

You will:
• listen to a range of audio and film and documentary texts
• listen and take notes from guest speaker presentations

• take notes from a range of complex texts
• become familiar with academic discourse

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

Teaching Schedule

Course dates:
8th February- 10th June, 2016
Labour Day holiday: Monday 14 March
Easter Break: Friday 25 March – Sunday 3 April
Anzac Day holiday: Monday 25 April 


This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program and is clustered with VU21509 (LANG5800) Analyse and Participate in Complex Spoken Discourse for Further Study. It is Cluster 2 - Complex Spoken Discourse and Note Taking.

WeekVU21510 Take notes from complex aural texts for further study






Introduction to oral communication

Listening for information

Language of discussion

 1 2


Verbal instructions

Recording information


Analyse an aural text

 2 1


Analyse aural texts


Note taking skills


 1,2 2


Language structures for discussion

Take notes and initial group discussion

Language for

Group discussions




1, 21, 2,3


Persuasive language

Colloquial  language

Vocab consolidation

 Watch a documentary for Assessment Task 4:Analyse the Features of a Documentary


Take notes

 1,2 2


 Language structures for discussion

Group discussions to complete blogs and questions for Assessment task 4: Analyse the Features of a Documentary (due)         




1, 2 1,2,3


Persuasive language

Formal language

 Vocab consolidation

Basics of Debating

Role of each speaker

Initial discussion about debate topics







Mid-semester interviews




Research topics for debate,looking at points for and against in groups



 2,3 1,2



Consolidating debating techniques

Non verbal cues

tone, stress

Record information


 2 3


 Participate in debate for Assessment Task 8: Debating (due)  (evaluate performances)

Combined activity across Cert 4 classes

 1 1,2,3


Organise groups for Assessment Task 9: Analyse aural texts & participate in group discussion


Listen and analyse an aural text, taking notes from aural texts

Group tutorials for Assessment Task 9

 1,2 1,2,3


 Complex verbal instructions


Note taking skills

Colloquial terms

Formal and informal language   

Group tutorials for Assessment Task 9  




 1,2 1,2


Aural group interactions

Group tutorials for Assessment Task 10: Analyse Aural Text and Participate in a Tutorial (due)

 1,2 1,2


Presenting a proposal

Listening to an oral text

 1 3


Oral presentation skills 1 1,2,3


Oral presentation skills

 1 1,2,3

**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)


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

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:

  • participation in group discussions
  • debates and oral presentations 


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 manager 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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1


Assessment Tasks

Summative assessments:


Assessment Task 4: Analyse the Features of a Documentary Due: Week 6 

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

Assessment Task 8: Debating Due: Week 11

  • 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 10: Analyse Aural Texts and Participate in a Tutorial Due: Week 14

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

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.

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. 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

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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