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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Liam McCaul (


Auslan group

Meredith Bartlett (

Stephanie Linder (


ONLINE group

Bum Lee (

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 formal talk, using turn-taking skills, and agreeing and disagreeing tentatively.

1.4. Use prosodic features, gestures and body language effectively.

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 and occasion and venue.

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 appropriately to given social and cultural activities.

3.2. Adapt and modify communication strategies and language functions according to the situation and client requirements.

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

Learning activities may include class exercises, listening comprehension and vocabulary tests, practical demonstrations, research social & cultural contextual information, presentations and journals.

*Online groups only - learning activities are listed on the blackboard shell for the program in a folder titled Learning Actitivities. Each activity requires students to undertake a task and report back. Activitities may include quizzes, site visits, discussion board entries, research reports, journals,practical demonstrations on video or phone conferencing or recorded tasks.

Teaching Schedule

Details of teaching schedule will be provided by the teachers in class.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning materials are accessible on Blackboard on line via MyRMIT website.

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


ASSESSMENT 2 PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION of relevant key performance criteria (individual presentation of a social or cultural activity)

ASSESSMENT 3 PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION of relevant key performance criteria ( individual presentation of a summary of complex communication)

Details of assessments to be provided by the teacher in class


For ONLINE groups only - the assessment tasks may be different. Please refer to the Assessment Plan available on Diploma of Interpreting Online Blackboard Shell, in the folder titled ’Assessment Tasks’.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


This course uses a competency-based assessment and will be graded as follows:

CA (Competency Achieved)
NYC (Not Yet Competent)
DNS (Did Not Submit)

All competency-based assessment tasks for this course must be completed at the required level (see the elements and key performance criteria for each unit) in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) award.

If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed but some or all are not at the required level, they will be assessed as NYC (Not Yet Competent).

If a student does not submit assessment tasks at all, a DNS result will be entered.

Learning Resources

RMIT Library
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at:  

The Learning Lab is a collection of web-based resources including tip sheets and interactive tutorials on study skills, writing, English language development and maths. Access RMIT’s Learning Lab online via this link:  

Assessment Tasks

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form –  – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:  

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:  

Other Relevant Information

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:  The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing  

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:

Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
- Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
- Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
- Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
- Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
- Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
- Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
- Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1  – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y  

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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.
Student Complaints Policy:
Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22  
Student Complaints Form:

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