Course Title: Participate in a range of interactions for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GEDU5902

Course Title: Participate in a range of interactions for further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3233 - Certificate III in ESL (Further Study)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli

Karen Gao

Jane Saunders

Marcelle Damicoucas

Melanie Reynolds

Nominal Hours: 70

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 listening and speaking skills in English to participate in further study contexts which involve formal, informal and instructional interactions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU524 Participate in a range of interactions for further study


1. Make verbal requests Introduce the request or suggestion and suggestions in a study context.

Performance Criteria:

1 1.Make verbal requests Introduce the request or suggestion and suggestions in a study context    1.2 Establish context and purpose for the request or suggestion
1.3 Clarify the main reasons for the request or suggestion
1.4 Express evidence or argument to support the request or suggestion
1.5 Clarify ambiguous points and seek advice


2. Respond to verbal the verbal instructions or questions instructions related to study tasks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Clarify the purpose of the verbal instructions or questions
2.2 Respond appropriately to familiar imperative and question forms
2.3 Confirm the requirements of the instructions or questions and respond appropriately
2.4 Record key information as appropriate


3. Relate instructions or steps in a study related process.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the purpose for the instructions and the outcome of the process
3.2 Convey the sequence and requirement of each step for successful completion of the process
3.3 Meet needs of audience
3.4 Use non verbal supports as appropriate


4. Investigate the purpose and nature of group work.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 List the key reasons for group work in further study
4.2 Indentify advantages and disadvantages of group work
4.3 List key responsibilities and expectations of group members in further study contexts
4.4 Identify strategies for dealing with problems within group


5.Participate in an informal group discussion

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use a range of strategies to initiate, maintain and manage an informal discussion

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 2+ / 3 and Listening 2+ / 3


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III 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.

You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups and conduct a survey
• give a formal oral presentation based on group and individual projects
• take part in formal and informal discussions
This unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include formal letters, course applications, essays, and short reports. You will:
• do a research project based on Australian Law
• take notes from a range of complex texts
• develop a writing folio which includes extended written texts
• learn to locate and record references used
• learn about research and report writing
• learn to plan, draft and proofread your work.
• construct formatted texts for study purposes
• become familiar with academic discourse
The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.

Teaching Schedule

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

Term Break: Mon 23 September – Sun 6 October 2012

Public holidays: Tue 5 November (Melbourne Cup Day)


Teaching schedule

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU545.  The assessment tasks have been put in bold to match the unit of competency. The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course


WEEKVPAU524 Interactions for Further Study


22 July


Welcome lunch

Diagnostic Test


29 July

 One stop english to better health

Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation


5 August


Self= assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation

Collect evidence


12 August

 McMillan readers

Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation

Collect evidence/reflection


19 August

 Guardian Weekly

Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation

Collect evidence/reflection


26 August

 Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation

Collect evidence/reflection



2 September


Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation

Collect evidence/reflection



9 September

 Collection of folio

Small talk/Explanation

Collect evidence/reflections


16 September

 Mid- Semester Interview


23 September

 Magistrates Court

Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation

Collect evidence/Reflections written


10 October

 ESL Websites

Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation



17 October

 Online books

Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation


24 October

 Online books

Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation



7 November



14 November

Self-assessment/Discussion/Small talk/Explanation


21 November



28 November



6 December

 Volunteer and resume workshop


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

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:

  • book reviews,
  • presentations,
  • group research reports.

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

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessments:

Assessment Task 4 Email writing Due: Week 6
This task involves opening, reading, replying and sending an email. It involves the basic email skills and it is incorporated in the assessment of other skills like exposition essay writing to express opinions. The task is using basic computer skills to assist online language learning since the comments are around the evaluation of an ESL website. Students will demonstrate their ability of giving and following instructions. Tasks include group oral presentation based on a a project /survey based on Australian Law and demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentations.

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

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

Assessment Matrix

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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