Course Title: English Language Skills for Interpreters

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: LANG5273L

Course ID: 031744

Course Title: English Language Skills for Interpreters

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Program Code: C5116 - Diploma of Interpreting (lote/english)

Course Contact : Sedat.Mulayim

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9920

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 20

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

Successful completion of a bilingual intake test.

Course Description

Students develop appropriate English language skills, to enable them to communicate effectively with clients, other professionals and colleagues. Specific emphases are placed on:
 Listening comprehension
 Accurate reproduction of oral texts
 Appropriate use of idiom, collocation, grammar/syntax, idiom, register, and vocabulary in context
 Appropriate pronunciation, intonation and stress
Language extension and consolidation strategies are put in place for learners so they can continue to develop their English language skills in a self-directed way.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

00274 English Language Skills for Interpreters

Learning Outcomes

1. Prepare effectively for interpreting dialogues, and employ effective research skills.
2. Practise English language skills appropriate to domains in which dialogue takes place.
3. Practise features of oral English appropriate for communicating in dialogues with clients in a face-to-face situation.
4. Practise listening comprehension to aspects of oral English outlined in elements 1, 2 & 3 (above) including listening comprehension appropriate to interpreting using telecommunication technologies.

Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Teaching methods include tutorials, group work, self-directed research and practical sessions. Planned learning experiences include:

1. Using specified contextual parameters provided by the teacher/s in a domain relevant to paraprofessional dialogue interpreting (e.g. education, welfare, police/law, business, immigration etc.), to identify English language aspects (lexis, collocation, register) particularly relevant to the chosen domain.

2. Intensive practise, using the language laboratory and other audio-visual resources, of listening comprehension in English, using content relevant to the domains in which paraprofessional interpreters practise: focusing on key lexis, idiom, syntax, collocation, and aspects of English intonation and stress.

3. Discussions in pairs or small groups, predominantly of contextually relevant English language material researched as part of the learner’s self-directed learning, followed with end-of-discussion reporting activities to the whole class.

4. Individual oral presentations, focusing on appropriate use of lexis, syntax, collocation, idiom, pronunciation, intonation and stress, predominantly drawing from contextually relevant English language material researched as part of the learner’s self-directed learning.

5. Practice sessions using telecommunications technology appropriate to telephone interpreting.

Teaching Schedule

Students will be provided with a program calendar outlining a series of weekly themes/topics that form a foundation for study and practice.

WEEK 1 Orientation Unit
WEEK 2 Education
WEEK 3 Education
WEEK 4 Health
WEEK 5 Health
WEEK 6 Human Services
WEEK 7 Human Services
WEEK 8 Banking
WEEK 9 Business
WEEK 10 Business
WEEK 11 Immigration
WEEK 12 Immigration
WEEK 13 Tourism
WEEK 14 Tourism
WEEK 15 Legal
WEEK 16 Review
WEEK 17 Review
WEEK 18 Exam Period

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

To be advised by the teacher.

Overview of Assessment

Successful completion of learning outcome activities.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be required to complete three Learning Outcome tasks for assessment. These will be based on Planned Learning Activities.

Learning Outcome 1
A number of listening comprehension tasks, on contextual material practised in class/researched by the learner. (60%)
Learning Outcome 1
1 Oral presentation on researched material or 1 class presentation at the end of a group discussion. (25%)
Learning Outcome 1
Homework as contracted with teacher. (15%)

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