Course Title: Sight translate (LOTE)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: LANG5782C

Course Title: Sight translate (LOTE)

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: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers skills and knowledge required to produce a sight translation of a written source text into another spoken or signed target language with a high degree of accuracy. You will develop your ability to work between two languages in spoken and written form, and reflect the register of the written source text in the target language.

This unit will be delivered in a cluster with the following unit:

LANG5779C Interpret in complex dialogue settings (LOTE)

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS613A Sight translate (LOTE)


- Analyse text.

- Translate source text into target language.

- Evaluate sight translation.

Performance Criteria:

Element 1: Analyse text

1. Confirm purpose for which sight translation is required and advise on appropriateness of sight translation.
2. Determine key features of text and confirm ability to read and comprehend the text.
3. Identify and discuss potential translation problems and confirm ability to sight-translate and time needed.
4. Identify information in context and establish overall comprehension.
5. Analyse text, referring to available resources and seeking further assistance where required.

Element 2:  Translate source text into target language 

6. Plan sight translation, marking up text where appropriate and solving translation problems.
7. Transfer semantic segments of source text to target language in an accurate and coherent manner.
8. Scan text ahead while translating, avoiding rephrasing and ensuring delivery is consistent and appropriate for setting and mode of interpreting.

Element 3: Evaluate sight translation

9. Analyse performance to reflect task purpose and requirements.
10. Identify strengths and weaknesses of process to inform subsequent work.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A variety of  role plays, simulations, peer group reviews and small group discussions will be scheduled in class and guided activities outside class will be provided.

32 hours will be spent in class activities

16 hours will be spent in guided practice activities outside class

12 hours will be spent on reflective journal writing and specific practice activities for Learning Outcome 2 and Learning Outcome 3   

Teaching Schedule

Will be advised by teacher in week 2

Please note. The topics may vary between language groups depending on their specific needs.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Sight translation texts posted on Blackboard, Elluminate interractive multimedia, video link in class, class room computer access 

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:
- practical demonstrations
- roleplays
- real or simulated ST assignments
- action learning reports
- peer reviewed practical tasks

Assessment Tasks

(NOTE: Assessment Tasks 2 and 3 will be assessed as part of Assessment Tasks 2 and 3 in LANG5779)

Learning Outcome 1 (10% weighting)

During  weeks 5/6 and weeks 14/15 individual students will be observed performing a range of sight translation activities performed via a range of media including video, face to face and live on line.  One week prior to observation the teacher will advise which particular performance criteria will be assessed and the context and topic area for testing so students will be able to prepare for assessment.  The observations will be recorded on a checklist for each student and feedback will be provided to the student.

Learning Outcome 2 (40% weighting, week 9) 

2  sight translation tasks of 200 words  each from English into LOTE and LOTE into English.   It is a prerequisite that ALL students achieve a grade of Competent with Pass in this Learning  Outcome before undertaking Learning Outcome 3.   

Learning Outcome 3 (40% weighting,  end of semester at date to be advised)

2 sight translation passages of approx. 200 words each will be performed, one from LOTE into English and one from English into LOTE.

NOTE: This assessment will be assessed against NAATI accreditation standards to determine eligibility for recommendation to NAATI at the appropriate level.

Learning Outcome 4 (10% weighting, ongoing from week 2 to week 12)

Reflective Journal. Each week students are to spend up to 1 hour writing in a journal to reflect on the theory provided and how it applies to class learning and guided activities set by the teacher each week. Students need to reflect on their sight translation skills under the performance criteria listed above. The journal will be submitted for marking at the end of week 12. 


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

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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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