Course Title: Give and respond to a range of straightforward information and instructions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: LANG5813

Course Title: Give and respond to a range of straightforward information and instructions

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3311 - Certificate III in EAL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou / Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact /

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Chamberlain 94.3.23 99259476

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 understand and convey detailed spoken information and to follow and give a set of verbal instructions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21466 Give and respond to a range of straightforward information and instructions


1 Interpret an informational oral text

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the context, topic and purpose of an informational oral text
1.2 Outline main ideas, opinions and attitudes expressed
1.3 Locate supporting information or details
1.4 Identify the tone and register of the text, and any inferred meaning
1.5 Express an opinion about the ideas or issues raised.


2 Give a short talk on a straightforward topic

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Prepare to present talk ,using appropriate structure and style
2.2 Use simple cohesive devices to give explanation and express opinion
2.3 Use strategies to deliver talk clearly demonstrating awareness of audience
2.4 Reflect on own performance


3 Follow a set of verbal instructions for a straightforward process or procedure

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the context and purpose of the verbal instructions
3.2 Identify sequence markers and other linguistic cues used to explain the process or procedure.
3.3 Outline key steps, warnings or advice given by the speaker
3.4 Reflect on the effectiveness of the instructions


4 Give a set of verbal instructions for a straightforward process or procedure

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Prepare to give verbal instructions for a familiar process or procedure.
4.2 Present instructions coherently
4.3 Speak clearly
4.4 Demonstrate awareness of audience
4.5 Reflect on own performance

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to participants using speaking and listening skills in English to perform effectively in informal and formal situations. The situations in which these skills are applied are varied, and can be related to social and community life, everyday commerce and recreation, study, workplace and vocational contexts. The contexts of the instructions and information will generally be familiar, but may involve communication with people outside of their own immediate circle, face to face and on the phone.

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 2+ and Listening 2+


Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in EAL (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 covers in part the Speaking and Listening macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

Give and respond to straighforward and instructional texts :-                       

  •  You listen to short  formal and informal talks
  •  You will interpret short talks
  • You will look at Australian films
  •  You will give short  talks
  •  Listen to news items
  •  listen to recorded information

Teaching Schedule

This program is of 18 weeks duration. The week one is induction week.

Program Dates: 10 - 14 February: Induction Week
17 February - 20 June, 2014
Public Holiday
Labour Day 10 March,2014
Good Friday 18 April, 2014
ANZAC Day 25 April, 2014

Mid Semester Break
18 April - 25 April, 2014

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program. Teaching Schedule

Cert III in EAL (Access) Semester 1 2014

Week VU21466 Give and respond to a range of straight forward information and instructions
1 Orientation and Needs diagnosis
2 Looking at background to film and how to express opinions and listen for information
3 Film presentation "The Sapphires"
4 Using appropriate tenses to talk about future plans and possibilities. Appropriate question forms for obtaining information
5 Assessment Task: Following Verbal instructions relating to Pathways presentation
6 Film presentation "Lucky Miles"
7 Follow up the themes and ideas in the oral text. Discussing the ideas using appropriate language
8 Assessment Task: Following Instructions related to excursion to State Library
9 Looking at appropriate language to give information  and opinions
10 Mid course evaluation
11 Listening to issues from Australia and looking at the linguistic strategies used to give facts and express opinions
12 Looking at idiomatic language and colloquial expressions.
13 Developing vocabulary to listen to an oral information  text
14 Looking at adverbs and adjectives to modify language used.
15 Looking at an oral text giving information and identify strategies used.
16 Investigate other information texts independently. Assess different sources of information
17 Continue with assessing texts

Results released

Completion Ceremony

**The teaching schedule maybe subject to change. Students will be advised via Blackboard and in class should changes occur.

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
• 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)

Library Orientation  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 will be assessed by:


  • listening tasks,
  • role play,
  • presentation,
  • peer review,
  • reflective journal writing.

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 policy 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 see

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 Task 2:

Watch an Australian film and answer some questions about the information and language used in the film.

Assessment Task 4:

Following verbal instructions to look up propective Pathways and evaluate courses using appropriate websites

Assessment Task 9


Watch an Australian film and answer some qestions about the information and language used.


Assessment Task 8:

Listening to verbal instructions to participate in an excursion


Element 2 of this unit  will also be assessed in conjuction with VU21481 Research events in Australian History post 1770

Assessment Matrix

Assement 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