Course Title: Take notes from complex aural texts for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GEDU5904

Course Title: Take notes from complex aural texts for further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4245 - Certificate IV in ESL (Further Study)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Melanie Kyle 94.3.16 email:

Tim Morris 94.3.16 email:

Melanie Reynolds 94.3.16 email:

Caroline McEnroe 94.3.22 email:

Betty Koklanis 94.3.16 email:

Nominal Hours: 50

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 listening and notetaking performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English. The focus of this unit is on advanced listening skills in English to participate in further study contexts, focusing on taking notes from complex and extended aural texts. This unit is delivered as part of an integrated academic preparation program.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU517 Take notes from complex aural texts for further study


1. Analyse the features of a range of aural texts

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse and identify the requirements of the study task
1.2 Select and identify the types and purposes of a range of complex aural texts
1.3 Examine the structure and language of the texts
1.4 Identify the discourse features and strategies used by the speakers
1.5 Examine the significance of the tone used by the speakers
Element 2


2. Take notes from sustained/complex aural texts in a study context

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm purpose of note-taking in relation to the study task
2.2 Clarify the topic, purpose, genre and audience of a complex/sustained aural text
2.3 Identify register, style and tone of the text
2.4 Identify key structural features of the text and discourse strategies used by the speakers
2.5 Use a range of strategies to record information, outlining main ideas or themes and relevant supporting information relevant to purpose
2.6 Evaluate effectiveness of the note taking strategies used


3. Use notes for a study task

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Confirm requirements of the study task
3.2 Review recorded information to evaluate if it meets requirements of the study task
3.3 Adjust notes according to review

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to: 

  • The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 3/3+ and Writing 3/3+ 


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV 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 listening  and writing 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 and documentary texts
• listen and take notes from guest speaker presentations

• take notes from a range of complex texts
• 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 5 October 2013

Public holidays: Tue 5 November (Melbourne Cup Day)


This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with VPAU529 (GEDU5903)

Week VPAU517 Take notes from complex aural texts for further study
22 July
Skills analysis listening task

29 July

Stolen Generations : TV documentary: note taking, listening & discussion

5 August

Compensation for Stolen Generations: note taking, listening & discussion

12 August

Prepare for film screening using study guide: discuss characters, plot, setting, vocabulary

19 August

Preparation for assessment task Take Notes from Aural Texts

26 August

Preparation for assessment task Take Notes from Aural Texts



Prepare for documentary using study guide: discuss environmental issues & vocabulary

9 September

Complete assessment task analyse and take notes from aural texts

16 September

Mid semester interviews

7 October

Analyse the features of a documentary and participate in a group discussion

14 October

Tutorial: current issues topic for research report preparation

  • listen & take notes from AV texts



21 October

Tutorial: current issues topic for research report preparation
  • listen & take notes from AV texts

28 October

Analyse the features of a documentary

4 November

Prepare and discuss debating topics

11 November

Group Oral presentation preparation

18 November

Group Oral presentation preparation

25 November

Group oral presentations (assessment task):

  •  PowerPoint slides on 1 USB
  • teacher & peer assessment
  • respond to questions from audience

2 December


**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
• 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;

  • analysing a range of audio/AV texts


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

Summative assessments:

Assessment Task 5 Take notes from an aural text and participate in a group discussion
Due: Weeks summative assessment 2, 4, 6, and assessed in Week 8

  • This task explores text types and purposes with listening and note taking to documentary aural texts. Students will take notes whilst listening to selected texts and participate in small group discussion and expressing opinions with evidence and examples. Students will also evaluate their participation in the discussion and identify areas for improvement.

Assessment Task 8 Analyse the features of a documentary Due: Weeks 13

  • This task involves students watching a documentary film and independently identifying purpose, audience, structure and tone.

Assessment Task 9 Debating Due: Week 14&15

  • This task involves participating in a team to research an allocated debate topic finding statistics, quotes and evidence to use as evidence in the debate. The group will participate in a formal debate against an opposing team.

Assessment Task 11 Research Report – Group Oral Presentation Due: Week 16 and 17

  • This task utilises the research from the report and involves planning and presenting a formal group oral presentation using PowerPoint of 15-20 minutes. The task also provides opportunities for peer assessment and self evaluation.

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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