Course Title: Listen and take notes for research

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: LANG5809

Course Title: Listen and take notes for research

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4345 - Certificate IV in EAL (Employment / Professional)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Wendy Joseph 94.3.22

Nominal Hours: 45

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 basic academic listening and writing performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English. The focus of this unit is on developing listening, and notetaking skills from straightforward texts relevant to study needs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21503 Listen and take notes for research


1 Assess information from aural / audio texts for research purposes

Performance Criteria:

1 Assess information from aural / audio texts for research purposes

1.1 Confirm purpose and prepare for listening to a text
1.2 Clarify the topic and audience of the text
1.3 Assess the usefulness of the text for the study purpose
1.4 Identify main ideas and relevant details in the text
1.5 Identify speaker’s strategies in presenting the material


2 Write notes from a spoken or audio text for a study task

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use a range of commonly recognised methods to record information relevant to purpose
2.2 Review notes with a support person for accuracy and clarity
2.3 Adjust notes according to review

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Speaking and Listening. They contribute directly to the achievement of Reading 2+ / 3 and Writing 2+ / 3 and the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)
They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of Reading and Writing competence at Level 3.

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

You will:
• listen to audio tapes
•Listen and take part in conversations - general interest, medical
• listen to talks and lectures 

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: 10 - 14 February Induction Week
17 February - 30 May, 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 is part of Certificate IV in EAL (Employment) which is an integrated program, assessments often cover more than one unit of competency.


Week VU21503 Listen and take notes for research


Feb 11

 Introduction to listening

Listening for specific purposes

Listening for specific information -Health Report


Feb 18

 listening cloze

Listening for specific information -Health Report


Basic note-taking


Feb 25

 listening cloze

Listening for specific information -Health Report

Listening to a consultation

Note taking cont - What to leave out.


March 4

 listening cloze

Listening for specific information -  Infection Control

Listening to a consultation  continued

Note-taking -the essentials


March 11

 listening cloze

Listening for specific information - Infection Control


VU21503 Listen and Take Notes for ResearchAssessment task 1


March 18

 listening cloze

Listening for specific information - Infection Control

identifying key words


March 25

 listening cloze

 Listening to a lecture -identifying the main ideas

 Mid-semester interview


April 8

 listening cloze

Listening to a lecture -identifying the main ideas

mid-semester interview


April 15

 listening cloze

Listening to a lecture -identifying the main ideas

Clarifying the question. What is being asked?

using abbreviations and symbols


April 22

 mid course break April 18-25 


April 27

 listening cloze

using abbreviations and symbols

Clarifying the question. What is being asked?

OET type listening materials analysis



May 6

 listening cloze

OET type listening materials analysis



May 13

 listening cloze

OET type listening materials analysis



May 20

 listening cloze

OET type listening materials analysis



May 27

 listening cloze

OET type prac Test  Consultation/Lecture

**T16he 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 dia

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:

Evidence of completion of note taking tasks
Ability to critique aural/audio text presentations

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.


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:

Assessment Task 2: Listen to lectures and submit notes Week 5

In this unit students will listen to a lecture, identify the main ideas, details and opinions, take accurate notes using commonly recognised abbreviations and symbols, and review notes.
Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

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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