Course Title: Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: LANG5800

Course Title: Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse 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

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 email:

Marcelle Damicoucas 94.3.16

Jennifer chamberlain 94.3.16

Jane Saunders 94.3.16


Nominal Hours: 60

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 by adult learners with language background 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 a full time 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:

VU21509 Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse for further study


1 Respond to complex verbal instructions or questions in a study context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the topic and purpose of complex verbal instructions or questions in a study context
1.2 Identify the requirements, steps, and sequence of the instructions or questions
1.3 Seek clarification on misunderstandings and ambiguous points as needed
1.4 Respond to questions and instructions appropriately


2 Participate in a sustained informal interaction with a group

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use a range of spoken discourse and paralinguistic strategies to initiate, participate in, manage and sustain an informal interaction
2.2 Use style and language appropriate to the interaction
2.3 Contribute ideas and opinions, supported by evidence or examples
2.4 Clarify or seek clarification on misunderstandings and ambiguous points as needed
2.5 Reflect on own contribution to the interaction


3 Present a proposal or argue a case in a study context

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the context, purpose and conventions for presenting a proposal or arguing a case
3.2 Initiate exchange about a specific problem or issue, sustain and close exchange
3.3 Express desired outcome clearly and concisely, provide supporting details using appropriate vocabulary and expressions
3.4 Use a range of spoken discourse and paralinguistic strategies to communicate ideas effectively
3.5 Reflect on own performance

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 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:
• listen to a range of audio and film and documentary texts
• take part in conversations
• listen and take notes from guest speaker presentations

You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups
• give a formal oral presentation
• take part in formal and informal discussions 

Teaching Schedule

Program dates

14th July - 18th July, 2014 Induction Week

14th July - 14th November, 2014
Public Holiday
Melbourne Cup Day 4th November, 2014

Mid Semester break
29th September - 3rd October, 2014

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU21511 Read and write complex texts for research purposes (LANG5801) and VU21512 Read and write complex texts for further study (LANG5797).
This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VU21510 Take notes from complex aural texts for further study


Week VU21509 Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse for further study





1 Introduction to oral communication

Listening for information

2 1
2 Verbal instructions

Recording information

1 2
3 Analyse aural texts


2 1,2
4 Language structures for discussion

Evaluate resources for discussion

2,3 2
5 Persuasive language

Colloquial language

Vocab consolidation

1,2,3 1,2
6 Persuasive language

conditional notetaking skills

1,2 2
7 Assessment task 2: Analyse a documentary and group discussion

Introcuction to debating

1,2 2
8 consolidate debating techniques

Non verbal cues

tone, stress

record information


3 2
9 Listening to model debates and analysing language skills 3 2
10 Assessment task 5: Debating

peer feedback


1,2,3 2
11 Mid-semester interviews    
12 Complex verbal instructions and sequencing

Notetaking skills

colloquial terms

formal and informal language

key structural features

1 1,2
13 Assessment task 8

Take notes from oral texts

1.2 1,2
14 Aural group interactions
1,2 1,2
15 Presenting a proposal

Listening to an oral text

3 1
16 Oral presentation skills 1,2,3 1
17 Oral presentation skills
1,2,3 1

**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

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 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 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 2 Analyse the features of a documentary Due: Week 7

This task involves students watching a documentary film and independently identifying purpose, audience, structure and tone.
Assessment Task 5 Debating Due: Week 10

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 8 Take notes from an aural text and participate in a group discussion
Due: Week 13

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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