Course Title: Give and respond to a wide range of oral presentations and instructions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: LANG5601

Course Title: Give and respond to a wide range of oral presentations and instructions

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,

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 interpret aural extended texts, give extended presentations, and give and follow multistep instructions complex procedures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU507 Give and respond to a wide range of oral presentations and instructions


Element 1 Demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentations or reports

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the context, purpose and topic of the oral presentation or report
1.2 Identify the register and style of the presentation
1.3 Outline themes or issues presented
1.4 Identify key facts, supporting details and opinions or attitudes expressed.
1.5 Express an opinion on the topic or issues raised


Element 2 Give an extended oral presentation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select topic for an oral presentation, identifying audience and purpose.
2.2 Use planning and drafting processes
2.3 Use appropriate register and style for the audience and context
2.4 Provide an introduction, coherent thematic development and conclusion, using discourse markers.
2.5 Provide detail which demonstrates familiarity with the topic
2.6 Communicate effectively using a range of visual or other aids and appropriate paralinguistic cues


Element 3 Follow multistep instructions for a complex process/procedure

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the purpose of instructions for a complex process or procedure
3.2 Identify the key elements of the instructions
3.3 Identify the sequence of steps, highlighting the key issues, responsibilities or considerations
3.4 Determine the importance of the steps, warnings and advice given by the speaker


Element 4 Give multistep instructions for a complex process or procedure

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify the key features of clear and comprehensible instructions for a complex process or procedure
4.2 Use planning and drafting processes
4.3 Explain and elaborate on the purpose of the instructions
4.4 Communicate detailed instructions for a process or procedure
4.5 Convey the sequence of steps, highlighting the key issues, responsibilities or considerations

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

  • the Performance Criteria from the four Elements
  • the ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Listening 3/3+ and Speaking 3/3+
  • the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Listening and Speaking competence at Level 4

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 a range of audio and film 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: 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)

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

This course is part of a full-time integrated program. 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;

  • listening and note taking from a range of audio-visual texts & guest speakers
  • giving and responding to verbal instructions


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 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 assessments:
• Film Project oral presentation
• Group oral presentation
• 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.

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