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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: LANG5770C

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

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6109 - Advanced Diploma of Translating

Course Contact : Miranda Lai

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Brad Paez phone 99250326

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 be effective and fluent in written communication in at least two different languages, to meet the language and communication needs of translating and interpreting.  It involves the ability to read and write a range of commercial, professional and literary documents and provide summaries at a high level of complexity, accuracy and fluency.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS512A Demonstrate written language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts


1- Read and analyse documents in different languages.

2- Provide informal written texts.

3- Write professional and commercial documents in different languages.

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 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, 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 appropriate 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, comparing standard forms of texts in various fields in both languages. Students will research social & cultural contextual information, present and practice translating using a variety of silmulated small translaltion tasks in class and in structeured home work activities.

Teaching Schedule

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Working with Texts - A Core inroduction to language analysis, second edition, available from RMIT bookshop 


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.

The assessment tasks/activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Practical exercises
  • Written assignments involving producing written texts in English and LOTE
  • Essay writing
  • Peer review
  • Portfolios

Assessment Tasks

ASSESSMENT 1 (ONGOING DURING SEMESTER).  CHECKLIST FOR HOMEWORK tasks submitted by students.  This will be used to provide feedback to students, based on written texts produced by students, and will include assessment of translations of professional and commercial documents in both English and LOTE.  Students will be assessed COMPETENT or NOT YET COMPETENT. 

ASSESSMENT 2  Quizzes based on learning in class.  These will be every 2 weeks and will be done in class,assessing students’ understanding of analysis of different text types and conventions of texts presented in class. This covers element 1.  This assesment task will be graded.  

ASSESSMENT 3: Production of text by students completed ccording to checklist based on elements 2 and 3. This assesment task will be graded.    

Students will be introduced to context-specific terminology, cultural considerations and communication strategies and protocols during class, and must apply this knowldge toi undertake the Assessment Tasks.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Grading Schedule:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - 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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