Course Title: Present and listen to complex oral presentations in an employment or professional context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: LANG5617

Course Title: Present and listen to complex oral presentations in an employment or professional context

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

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 than English. The focus of this unit is on presenting and listening to complex oral presentations in English relevant to an employment context.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU518 Present and listen to complex oral presentations in an employment or professional context


1. Demonstrate critical understanding of a range of information from an oral presentation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the purpose and context of the oral presentation
1.2 Identify the tone, register and style of presentation
1.3 Identify the main ideas and supporting details
1.4 Comment on the effectiveness of the presentation and give an opinion on one or more aspects
1.5 Identify inferred meanings, irony, nuance and idioms as appropriate


2. Give an oral report or presentation in an employment or professional context

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Uses knowledge of conventions of presentations to prepare presentation.
2.2 Explain the intention and purpose of the report or presentation
2.3 Use the processes of planning and drafting to list and sequence key points and details required
2.4 Use language and expressions appropriate to the genre and audience
2.5 Use supports as appropriate
2.6 Respond to requests for clarification or information as appropriate.
2.7 Draw on feedback from others to evaluate own performance

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 3 /3+  and Listening 3 /3+ and the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)  . They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF 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
• give complex reports on researched topic
• participate in role plays to practice dialogues that simulate conversations between health professionals and patients
• give a formal oral presentation
• take part in formal and informal discussions
• evaluate your own work


Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 29 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 course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans
which are updated each week.

his unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU522 Critically read, write and edit complex descriptive texts in a professional context ( LANG5617).

 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

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.

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)
1Library orientation.
Program Overview pt B
Intro to writing
  Explore RMIT    
2Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues       
3Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues    Assessment: Reading & writing letters E1+2VPAU 522Critically read,write and edit complex descriptive texts in a prof context E 1234
Changes to OET
4Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues The Health Industry
Task 9
  The Health Industry
Task 9
  Possible Medical Museum
5Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues      Assessment Task VPAU 527
Listen and take notes for research
Infection Control
Asthma Task 10
Asthma Task 10
 Assessment: Read complex prose  
7Formative 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                                                                        Diagnostic OET ‘Taster’: writing

Mid Semester Progress Interviews


10     Assessment: Write complex prose  
11Formative assessment: Read multiple complex prose on current health issues 
Cultural Misunderstanding
Task 12
Cultural Misunderstanding
Task 12
12Formative 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. Assessment may include tasks such as oral presentations and role-plays.

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:
• Listen and take notes from a consultation in a medical context
• Listen to an oral presentation/lecture and summarize information by taking notes
• Give an oral presentation in the context of Health
• 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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