Course Title: Manage complex discourse settings
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2011
Course Code: LANG5781C
Course Title: Manage complex discourse settings
School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6111 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting
Course Contact : Miranda Lai
Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3523
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Nominal Hours: 30
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This unit covers skills and knowledge required to manage the physical setting and communication dynamics of complex discourse settings, including: planning the discourse; managing the communication flow; and reviewing and evaluating the discourse management process.
This unit will be delivered in a cluster with the following unit:
LANG5785C Analyse, recall and reproduce source languages (LOTE)
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
PSPTIS610A Manage complex discourse settings
1. Plan discourse.
2. Reach agreement with participants on process.
3. Manage flow of communication.
4. Monitor progress of discourse.
5. Evaluate discourse management.
1.1. Establish assignment context and requirements with client to plan to achieve desired outcomes.
Details of Learning Activities
In classroom situations, you will develop the skills and knowledge to deal with professional discourses relevant to professional interpreting, including the following:
• Structuring a short address / presentation to accepted conventions of such discourse.
• Demonstrating acceptable standards of public speaking, including pronunciation, intonation and stress patterns.
• Showing how persuasive language can be used to influence an audience by analysing a short oral presentation,.
• Using appropriate cohesive and stylistic devices (lexis, syntax, collocation, idiom, etc.), as tools to ‘chunk’ meaning into oral texts.
• Using register, collocation and idiom appropriate to the topic / setting of the discourse
• Orally analysing example texts with the purpose of identifying these features in them
• Comprehending the meaning of short oral texts of approximately 300 words in professional discourses relevant to professional interpreting.
• Taking notes while listening.
• Identifying and reproducing orally the main points of the text in summary form, using appropriate register, vocabulary, collocation, intonation and stress.
• Comprehending the meaning of short oral texts in professional discourses relevant to professional interpreting.
• Orally reproducing the content, following the same cohesion/logical order as the source text.
• Demonstrating appropriate register, vocabulary, intonation and stress.
You will also need to devote at least 2 hours per week of your own time on assignments / tasks allocated by your teacher and bring them back to class for discussion and feedback.
Week 1 - Class overview What is Discourse? Introduction to reproduction.
Week 2 - Listening for sound and meaning. Basics of note taking.
Week 3 - Field, Tenor and Mode.
Week 4 - Speech act theory.
Week 5 - Modes of Discourse.
Week 6 - Underpinning knowledge check. Further concepts on notetaking.
Week 7 - Feedback on knowledge check. Modes of Discourse 2. Start of forum discussions.
Week 8 - Formal Speeches. Self review process.
Week 9 - Peer Review Process explained. Deverbalization and reformulation.
Week 10 - Essential memory techniques
Week 11 - Dealing with Communication errors
Week 12 - Dealing with communication breakdowns
Week 13 - Complex Discourse for interpreters
Week 14 - Guided group activity
Week 15 - TBA
Week 16 - Final week for Forum submission.
(*) Please note. The topics are indicative only and may vary between language groups depending on their specific needs.
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.
Asssessment tasks may include, but not limited to:
-teacher directed group activities
-practical demonstration of skills in roleplays real or simulated activities
Students will be assessed through their participation on forum discussions, written tests and peer evaluation of group activities.
Assessment Task 1: Ongoing class observation via checklist. (Elements 1-5)
Assessment Task 2: Participation and forum submission regarding class subjects (Elements 1-4)
Assessment Task 3: Electronic submission of written anaylsis of a speech (Elements 1 - 4)
Refer to Assessment Matrix on Blackboard
CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CP - Competent with Pass
NYC - Not Yet Competent
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