Course Title: Demonstrate language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: LANG5766C

Course Title: Demonstrate language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5291 - Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ken Shimizu

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 covers skills and knowledge required to conduct complex, cto conduct complex, creative, routine and non-routine communication in English and another  language to meet the language and communication needs
of translating and interpreting. It involves very effective and  fluent communication skills with the ability to conduct  negotiations, present information and participate in social  and cultural activities at a high level of complexity and  fluency.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS511A Demonstrate language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts


1- Conduct negotiations in different languages.

2- Deliver presentations in different languages.

3- Participate in social and cultural activities.

4- Provide summaries of complex communication.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Establish rapport by using appropriate courtesy protocols,
identifying common ground and observing social, cultural
and business conventions of the specific language.
1.2. Provide explanations, information and supporting details
about specific products or services.
1.3. Use a range of language functions to conduct
negotiations, including introducing formal talk, using turntaking
skills, and agreeing and disagreeing tentatively.
1.4. Use prosodic features, gestures and body language
1.5. Exchange and agree to information, including details of
personnel, dates, quantities, products and services.
1.6. Support negotiations by using any relevant visuals,
graphics and other approaches in keeping with the
requirements of particular subjects or cultural contexts. 2.1. Deliver presentations in a style relevant to the purpose
and objectives, audience characteristics, occasion and
2.2. Present information in a logical and concise manner using
sequencing and linguistic linking.
2.3. Support presentations with public speaking techniques.
3.1. Use language and language functions appropriate to given
social and cultural activities.
3.2. Adapt and modify communication strategies and language
functions according to the situation and client
4.1. Provide summaries of the purpose and meaning of the
original message.
4.2. Use communication strategies and language functions that
support immediate and unhindered communication.
4.3. Make appropriate comments between parties to check and
clarify meaning.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Students will be introduced to the basic theory and practice of listening and speaking. They will be taught a range of internationally accepted techniques and class practice will be in the context of professional setting on general topics. 

Students will practice listening and speaking skills using a range of appropriate practice sessions and audio-visual materials and equipment including language laboratories.

Classes will be mostly practical sessions and listening and speaking practice will be conducted through prescribed listening and speaking exercises in a range of professional discourses relevant to community interpreting. 

Intensive practice will be accompanied by detailed feedback on each student’s performance to maximize each student’s capacity to consolidate and extend their listening and speaking skills. 

Assessment tasks are practical and are completely in line with class practice.

Assessment tasks are described below. 

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 - Course Overview & Class practice.  Active listening exercise.  Prosodic features introduced.
Week 2 - Topic: Education.  Class practice.  Shadowing Exercise introduced.
Week 3 - Topic: Health.  Class practice.    Reproduction Exercise introduced. First submission of Journal entries.
Week 4 -  Topic: Social Welfare.  Negotiating skills: introducing formal talk and using turn-taking skills.
Week 5 - Topic: Business.    Negotiatin skills 2: agreeing and disagreeing tentatively.
Week 6 - Dialogue and reproduction Assessment
Week 7 - Dialogue and reproduction Assessment
Week 8 - Feed back on assessment.  Class practice. 
Week 9 - Class Practice. Public Speaking exercises:  Confidence and composure.
Week 10 - Class Practice. Public Speaking exercises: Speed and intonation for emphasis and clarity. 
Week 11 - Class Practice.  Public Speaking exercises:  Assessing audience understanding and audience engagement.
Week 12 - Class Practice. Public Speaking exercises:  Introductions and Conclusions.
Week 13 - Class Practice. Public Speaking exercises: Use of visual tools in presentations.
Week 14 - Assessment:  Presenting Research.
Week 15 - Assessment: Presenting Research
Week 16 - Feedback on assignment.  Final submission of journal entries.
(*) Please note. The topics are indicative only and may vary between language groups depending on their specific needs.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

See Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be ongoing during the semester, and you will receive feedback on your progress. You will undertake a variety of assessment tasks and activities to assess your level of competence against key elements and performance criteria.

Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • teacher directed class activities
  • practical exercises
  • group discussions and debates
  • real or simulated monolingual interviews and dialogues
  • recorded speeches and summaries of speeches

Assessment Tasks

  1. There will be an ongoing assessment of class practice based on a checklist.
  2. Students will be required to submit 10 journal entries during the semester.
  3. Vocabulary tests will be given on a weekly basis.
  4. There will be a mid-term assessment on week 6 & 7 based on dialogue and reproduction in a negotiation setting.
  5. The final assessment will be a class presentation based on research conducted in the ethics cluster.
  6. Some aspects of this comptency unit will be assessed in conjunction with other competency units.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Grading Schedule:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CP - Competent with Pass
NYC - Not Yet Competent

Special Consideration:

Students may apply for Special Consideration on a range of health or compassionate grounds where they experience unexpected or extenuating circumstances. Information on ‘How to apply for Special Consideration’ can be found at;ID=b1wqvnwk8aui

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Extension of time for submission of assessable work:
Circumstances may arise which prevent students from completing an assessment task on time. In certain circumstances a student may be entitled to apply for an extension to the due date.
Extensions of 7 calendar days or less:
Students seeking an extension of 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the School.
Extensions of greater than 7 working days:
Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy , preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

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Students are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism in oral, written or visual presentations is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is one’s own. Plagiarism is not acceptable. The use of another person’s work or ideas must be acknowledged. Failure to do so may result in charges of academic misconduct which carry a range of penalties including cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. Students are responsible for ensuring that their work is kept in a secure place. It is also a disciplinary offence for students to allow their work to be plagiarized by another student. Students should be aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the use of copyright material.

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Complaints Procedure:

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.

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