Course Title: Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: LANG5627

Course Title: Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse 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

Jane Collins 94.3.16 email:

Melanie Kyle 94.3.16 email:

Caroline McEnroe 94.3.22 email:

Marcelle Damicoucas 94.3.16 email;

Nominal Hours: 60

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 background other than English. The focus of this unit is on advanced listening and speaking skills in English to participate in further study contexts, focusing on responding to a wide range of complex verbal instructions, interpreting and discussing ideas and opinions with others in informal contexts and negotiating a complex exchange.

This unit is part of a full time integrated academic preparation program. It aims to provide you with the cultural understanding, advanced English language and study skills to participate in further study contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU530 Analyse and participate in complex spoken discourse for further study


1Identify the topic and purpose of complex verbal instructions or questions in a study context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Respond to complex verbal instructions or questions in a study
1.2 Respond to questions appropriately
1.3 Identify the steps, sequence and requirements of the
instructions or questions
1.4 Seek clarification on misunderstandings and ambiguous points as needed


2 Participate in a sustained informal interaction with a group as needed

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use a range of spoken discourse strategies to initiate, participate in,
Manage and sustain an informal interaction
2.2 Use style and language appropriate to the interaction
2.3 Contribute ideas and opinions, supported by evidence or examples
2.4 Clarify or seek clarification on misunderstandings and ambiguous points as needed


3 Identify the context, purpose and conventions for presenting a proposal or arguing a case

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Present a proposal or argue a case in a study context
3.2 Initiate exchange about a specific problem or issue, sustain and close exchange.
3.3 Express desired outcome clearly and concisely, provide supporting details using appropriate vocabulary and expressions.
3.4 Use a range of spoken discourse strategies to communicate ideas effectively
3.5 Reflect on 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 Speaking 3/3+ and Listening 3/3+
· 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 (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 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 and documentary 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 25 June – Fri 30 November 2012

Term Break: Mon 24 September – Sun 7 October 2012

Public holidays: Tue 6 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.

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
  • debates and oral presentations.

    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

Summative assessments:

• Debating & demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentations
• Employability skills project

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

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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