Course Title: Contextual Studies for Interpreters (English and LOTE)

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 031745

Program: C5116

Course Title: Contextual Studies for Interpreters (English and LOTE)

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 40.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Term1 2007

Course Contact: Sedat Mulayim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9920

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Course Description

This course introduces students to cultural, societal, professional and institutional contexts relevant to carrying out paraprofessional interpreting practice in their pair of languages to enable them to comprehend messages in oral interpreting discourse, make appropriate linguistic (lexis, grammar, collection, register) choices, and to achieve accurate and impartial transfer of meaning across their pair of languages.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of a bilingual intake test.

National Competency Codes and Titles


Contextual Studies for Interpreters (English and LOTE)

Learning Outcomes

Students are required to develop the following competencies:

1. Prepare effectively for interpreting dialogues.
2. Educate participants to effectively work with an interpreter.
3. Solve problems arising from cultural/societal differences.
4. Solve problems arising from the institutional imperatives under which the professional client may be operating.
5. Employ effective self-directed learning strategies to continuously upgrade knowledge and skills.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Learning Outcome 1
(To be done in pairs or groups)
A "kit" and a report produced in english on a domain relevant to paraprofessional interpreting practice. (50%)

Learning Outcome 2
Individual Work
A presentation on topics appropriate to each LOTE. (50%)