Course Title: Specialised Community Interpreting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Specialised Community Interpreting

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Olga Garcia-Caro Alcazar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9920

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37. Floor 5. Room 41

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses LANG1269 Interpreting Certification Practice 1 and LANG1238 Interpreting Certification Practice 2 before you commence this course.  


Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  Further information;ID=x94or0ccuu7k  

Course Description

In this course you will develop specialist skills and knowledge in the field of community interpreting including settings such as healthcare and law.

You will extend your interpreting skills, acquired in previous courses, in dialogue, consecutive, telephone, and simultaneous (chuchotage) interpreting, and sight translation with a focus on modes of interpreting in specialised community settings.

This course aims at preparing students for the Certified Specialist Interpreter-Health & Legal credentials tested by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters [NAATI]. You can access this external test after completing the degree.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an optional course in the Master of Translating and Interpreting, MC214. 

Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Analyse, reflect on and critically discuss the dynamics and complexities of interpreting in community specialised settings.  
  2. Identify and evaluate different modes of interpreting.  
  3. Apply appropriate modes of interpreting in community specialised settings.   
  4. Develop and apply contextual knowledge of specialised community settings to deliver accurate and relevant interpreting services.  

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will be delivered face-to-face, online, or a mix of both.

Lectures and workshops will be devoted to:   

  • Differentiating interpreting modes commonly used across a range of specialised community settings. 
  • Discussing specialised knowledge required in a range of community settings.  
  • Linking interpreting exercises to the discourse analysis perspectives examined in other courses of the program. 

You will also participate in simulated communicative events and other simulated activities within the program, interdisciplinary and/or with external organisations/institutions. Other activities may include external visits to medical & legal services/institutions.   

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  

The Translating & Interpreting program has developed extensive digital resources in interpreting which will be used as a basis of interpreting practice. Authentic material will also be used such as speeches in a wide range of fields (diplomacy, environment, research and development, legal and court, medical, business, etc.).   

Teachers are practising interpreters who bring their own experience and examples of professional interpreting contexts and professional practice scenarios to the classroom.   

Electronic equipment such as interpreting booths will be used for interpreting practice.  

The University Library has extensive resources for interpreting students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Library Guides  

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Knowledge test, 25% 

CLO 1,2, 3, 4 

Task 2: Mid-semester specialist certification test, 25% 

CLO 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Task 3: Annotated bibliograph, 25%  

CLO 1, 2, 4 

Task 4: Final specialist certification test 25%, CLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.  

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.