Course Title: Speak and listen to a range of straightforward texts for employment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: LANG5677

Course Title: Speak and listen to a range of straightforward texts for employment

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3232 - Certificate III in ESL (Employment)

Course Contact : Soosan Kian

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9494

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane Saunders +61 3 9925 9495

Betty Koklanis

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 course is part of a full time intergrated program.

This unit of competency describes speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English. This unit covers the skills and knowledge necessary to speak and listen to a range of straight forward texts, relevant to employment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU514 Speak and listen to a range of straightforward texts for employment


1.Participate in a casual conversation in a workplace context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use informal expressions to Participate in a casual open and close conversations conversation in a workplace context
1.2 Use informal expressions to enter and leave conversations
1.3 Use questions and invitations to join conversations
1.4 Contribute comments and respond to familiar topics
1.5 Use a range of phrases and some idiomatic expressions


2.Participate in a formal conversation with one or more people

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use polite expressions to open and close conversations and take turns appropriate to the context. Participate in a formal
conversation with one or more people
2.2 Use a range of strategies to enter and leave formal


3.Follow spoken instructions or directions in a workplace context

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the purpose of the instructions or directions
3.2 Identify discourse markers used to signal steps or movements. Follow spoken instructions or directions in a workplace context
3.3 Match instructions or direction to visual or diagrammatic
supports as appropriate


4. Give spoken instructions or directions in a workplace context

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain the purpose of the instructions. Give spoken or directions instructions or directions in a workplace context
4.2 Use the processes of planning and drafting and prepare
supports as required
4.3 Use appropriate signals to explain and indicate the
importance of actions required
4.4 Clarify information as requested

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+ and Listening 2+,


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in ESL (Employment) 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
• take part in formal and informal discussions
his unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 25 June – Fri 30 November 2012

Term Break: Mon 24 September – Sun 7 October 2012

Public holidays: Tue 6 November (Melbourne Cup Day)

Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program 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:
• 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 :

  • participating in role plays
  •  oral presentations
  • simulations
  •  midsemester interview 
  • teacher observations.

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 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:

  • Planning and negotiating in the workplace
  • Participate in workplace interviews
  • Follow and give instructions and directions in a workplace context
  • Making queries in the workplace

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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