Course Title: Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further study

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: GEDU6044

Course Title: Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further study

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3310 - Certificate III in EAL (Further Study)

Course Contact: Baia Tsakouridou and Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact Email:,

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli

Jane Saunders

Jennifer Chamberlain

Nominal Hours: 70

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 in further study by adult learners with language background other than English. In this unit you will focus on listening and speaking skills in English to participate in further study contexts which involve formal, informal and instructional interactions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21500 Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further study


1 Make verbal requests and suggestions in a study context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Introduce the request or suggestion
1.2 Clarify the main reasons for the request or suggestion
1.3 Express reason, evidence or argument to support the request or suggestion
1.4 Clarify ambiguous points and seek advice


2 Respond to verbal instructions related to study tasks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Clarify the purpose of the verbal instructions or questions
2.2 Respond appropriately to familiar imperative and question forms
2.3 Confirm the requirements of the instructions or questions and respond appropriately
2.4 Record key information as appropriate


3 Give instructions or steps in a study related process

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the purpose for the instructions and the outcome of the process
3.2 Convey the sequence and requirement of each step for successful completion of the process
3.3 Meet needs of audience
3.4 Use non verbal supports as appropriate


4 Prepare for group work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 List the key reasons for group work in further study
4.2 Identify advantages and disadvantages of group work
4.3 List key responsibilities and expectations of group members in further study contexts
4.4 Identify strategies for dealing with problems within group


5 Participate in an informal group discussio

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use a range of strategies to initiate, maintain and manage an informal discussion
5.2 Use informal expressions to enter and exit from discussion
5.3 Express opinions and attitudes on a range of topics
5.4 Clarify misunderstandings and ambiguous points

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 2+ / 3 and Listening 2+ / 3


the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) . They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence in Oral Communication at Level 3.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in EAL (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.


You will:

  • work in pairs and in small groups and conduct a survey
  • give a formal oral presentation based on group and individual projects
  • take part in formal and informal discussions

This unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.


In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include formal letters, course applications, essays, and short reports. You will:

  • do a research project based on Australian Law
  • take notes from a range of complex texts
  • develop a writing folio which includes extended written texts
  • learn to locate and record references used
  • learn about research and report writing
  • learn to plan, draft and proofread your work.
  • construct formatted texts for study purposes
  • become familiar with academic discourse

The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.

Teaching Schedule

 Program dates

14th July - 18th July, 2014 Induction Week

14th July - 14th November, 2014
Public Holiday
Melbourne Cup Day 4th November, 2014

Mid Semester break
29th September - 3rd October, 2014

This unit of competency is taught within an integrated program.This unit is clustered with BSBITU303A - Design and produce text documents.  The assessment tasks will also cover other units within the course


Week VU21500 Participate in a range of straightforward interactions for further study  VU21500 BSBITU303A
 1  Introduction


Verbal instructions

OH & S

 E1, E2, E3 E1
 2  Assessment of student’s word processing skills

Giving Instructions

 E1, E2 E1, E2, E3, E4
 3  Designing a text document

Documents used in further study

 E1, E2, E4 E4, E5
 4  Formatting a text document  E1, E2 E2, E5
 5  Formatting a text document  E1, E2 E2, E5
 6  Structure and layout  E2, E5 E1, E2
 7  Automatic functions

Group work

  E5 E1
 8  Consistency of design and layout  E1, E2 E1
 9  Revision of last 7 weeks  E3, E4, E5 E1, E2


 E1, E2 E1, E2
 11  Adding tables and other data to text documents  E2, E3 E1, E2, E3
 12  Complex Tables  E2, E3 E1, E2, E3
 13  Group work




 E4, E5 E1, E2
 14  Advanced software functions  E4, E5 E1, E2
 15  Participate in an informal group discussion of preparation for assessment  E4, E5 E1, E2


**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
• 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)

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. 

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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1


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.

Summative assessments:




Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to the required skills and knowledge. 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. To sucessfully complete this unit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in each element of the unit/subject on at least two occasions.

You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.

Other Information

Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Student program policy

You will be asked to attend mid-semester and end of semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Co-ordinator. The interviews are an important part of giving you feedback and supporting you through your program by monitoring your academic progress

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Extension

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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