Course Title: Analyse and participate in complex conversations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: LANG5616

Course Title: Analyse and participate in complex conversations

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4244 - Certificate IV in ESL (Employment / Professional)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dianne Dell’Oro-Morgan 94.3.22 Dianne.Dell’
Wendy Joseph 94.3.22

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  is part of a program that focuses solely on the preparation for the OET for health professionals.

This unit of competency describes speaking and listening performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language backgrounds other han English. The focus of his 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


1. Critically analyse casual exchanges in English.

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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


3.Critically analyse formal exchanges in English

Performance Criteria:

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



4.Participate in formal conversations in English

Performance Criteria:

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

 The outcomes described in this unit relate to: The ISLPR (International Second LanguageProficiency Ratings) descriptors for Speaking and Listening. They contribute directly to the achievement  of ISLPR Speaking 3/3+ and Listening 3/3+ and the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) . They contribute directly to the achievement of NRS indicators of competence in Oral Communication at Level 4.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Employment/Professional) 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
• take part in conversations
• listen to talks and lectures

You will:
• work in pairs and in small groups
• participate in role plays to practice dialogues that simulate conversations between health professionals and patients
• take part in formal and informal discussions
• evaluate your own work

Teaching Schedule

rogram Dates: Mon 4 March – Fri 21 June 2013

Term Break: Fri March – Fri 5 April 2013

Public holidays: Mon 11 March (Labour Day), Fri 29 March (Good Friday),Thur 25 April (ANZAC Day), Mon 10 June 2013
(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.

This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Employment) which is an integrated program, assessments often cover more than one unit of competency. The units assessment tasks have been highlighted in bold as seen in the grid.

Teaching Schedule
Cert IV ESL Employment/Professional

Investigate current issues (VPAU560)
Work Effectively in an Australian workplace (VPAU516)
Locate health and medical information (VPAU559)
Analyse and participate in complex conversations (VPAU506)
Present and listen to complex oral presentations in an employment or professional context (VPAU518)
Critically read and write formal letters and complex prose texts for professional purposes (VPAU521)
Critically read, write and edit complex descriptive texts in a professional context VPAU522)
Listen and take notes for research (VPAU527)
 1 Library orientation.
Program Overview pt B
Intro to writing
   Explore RMIT    
 2 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       
 3 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues     Assessment: Reading & writing letters E1+2 VPAU 522Critically read,write and edit complex descriptive texts in a prof context E 1234
Changes to OET
 4 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues The Health Industry
Task 9
  The Health Industry
Task 9
   Possible Medical Museum
 5 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       Assessment Task VPAU 527
Listen and take notes for research
Infection Control
 6   Asthma Task 10 Asthma Task 10  Assessment: Read complex prose  
 7 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues   Excursion to RMH or week 10 (tbc) Assessment task VPAU 518
E1Demonstrate critical understanding of a range of info from an oral presentation
 8    Diagnostic OET ‘Taster’: Speaking  Diagnostic OET ‘Taster’: writing  



  Diabetes Task 11 Diabetes Task 11  Feedback OET ‘Taster’  
 11 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues Cultural Misunderstanding
Task 12
  Cultural Misunderstanding
Task 12
  Assessment: Write complex prose  
 12 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       
 13 Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       
 14                                                                                OET Practice Test: Listening, Reading & Writing am
                                                                                                     Speaking interviews pm
 15      Practice test feedback & analysis. Final tips for sitting the exam  

**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
• 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:

  •   oral presentations
  •  role plays and oral
  • written questions.

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 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:

• Participate in a role-play in a medical context e.g Doctor-patient, Dentist-patient, Nurse-patient etc.
• listen to a medical consultation, take notes and analyse the language features.
• watch a video clip of a health professional and a patient and analyse verbal and non-verbal communications skills in a professional/medical context.
• Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

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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