Course Title: Analyse and participate in complex conversations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: LANG5599

Course Title: Analyse and participate in complex conversations

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4243 - Certificate IV in ESL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact, au

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane Collins 94.3.16 email:
Melanie Kyle 94.3.16 email:
Caroline McEnroe 94.3.22 email:
Ceyhan Kurt 94.3.22 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 by adult learners with language backgrounds other than English. The focus of this unit is on listening and speaking skills in English to participate effectively in a range of conversations and discussions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU506 Analyse and participate in complex conversations


Element 1 Critically analyse casual exchanges in English

Performance Criteria:

Critically analyse casual exchanges in English
1.1 Identify a variety of verbal expressions and other conversational strategies to initiate and manage conversations
1.2 Identify the tone used by the speaker(s)
1.3 Determine the relationship between the speakers
1.4 Identify the topics, specific details and explicit and inferred meaning
1.5 Explain any colloquial and idiomatic expressions


Element 2 Participate in sustained casual conversations on a range of topics

Performance Criteria:

Participate in sustained casual conversations on a range of topics.
2.1 Initiate and manage casual conversation
2.2 Express and elaborate viewpoints on a range of topics
2.3 Give detailed responses and elicit responses from others
2.4 Use a variety of strategies to keep the conversation going
2.5 Use verbal expressions and other conversational strategies appropriate to the context
2.6 Close the conversation successfully


Element 3 Critically analyse formal exchanges in English

Performance Criteria:

Critically analyse formal exchanges in English
3.1 Identify a range of contexts and purposes for formal exchanges.
3.2 Examine register and tone used in formal exchanges
3.3 List a range of interactional strategies to participate
3.4 Identify any implicit meanings, irony, nuance and idioms as appropriate


Element 4 Participate in formal conversations in English

Performance Criteria:

Participate in formal conversations in English
4.1 Initiate formal conversation to achieve a particular purpose, specifying reasons.
4.2 Respond appropriately to questions as they arise
4.3 Use a variety of strategies to keep the conversation going
4.4 Use verbal expressions and other conversational strategies
appropriate to the context

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes described in this unit relate to:

  • to the four Performance Criteria of the element
  • 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 +

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Access) 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 videos and audio tapes as well as films
• take part in conversations
• visit places of interest and listen to guides
You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups
• make up role plays to practice casual & formal conversation
• take part in formal and informal conversation

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 6 February – Fri 15 June 2012
Term Break: Mon 9 April – Fri 13 April 2012
Public holidays: Mon 12 March (Labour Day), Fri 6 April (Good Friday), Wed 25 April (ANZAC DAY), Mon 11 June 2012 (Queen’s Birthday)
Teachig 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:

·  participation in group discussions

·  Tutorials

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 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 will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.
Assessment tasks:

Summative Assesment:

• Listening analysis 1 & 2 (casual & formal exchanges)

Formative assessments:
• Ongoing observations, review & feedback of performance in sustained casual & formal conversations

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.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview