Course Title: Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE-English)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: LANG5857C

Course Title: Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE-English)

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5364 - Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

Course Contact: Ya-Ping Kuo

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3771

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills required to interpret from a source language to a target language in general monologue settings, preserving the communicative intent of the source language.

An interpreter in the general monologue setting is required to interpret in one language direction, from source to target language. General settings are those in which context is broad and routine, the content or complexity of the situation can usually be predicted and planned for, and there are opportunities for error correction. There are typically only a few participants, to whom the interpreter has physical and visual access. The physical elements of the setting permit the interpreter some ability to manage the discourse to ensure that utterances are suitable for retention and recall. Miscommunication or consequences of errors in communicative intent that may occur in this setting are readily managed through consultation and preparation.

This unit applies to those working as interpreters in consecutive and simultaneous (in the case of Auslan) modes, either alone, collaboratively, in tandem, or as part of a team.

This unit will be delivered in a cluster as follows:

Monologue cluster:

  • LANG5857C Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE-English)
  • LANG5860C Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts (E-Group A)

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPTIS041 Interpret in general monologue settings (LOTE-English)


1 Receive and analyse source message

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Attend actively to source utterance, and identify and adjust physical position to optimise sound reception and visual cues.

1.2 Anticipate purpose and intent and strategies being used by the source to develop ideas.

1.3 Identify and retain key information using mnemonic strategies.

1.4 Identify structure, relationships between verbal and non-verbal language, and cultural and other factors affecting meaning.

1.5  Identify and address issues of understanding or recall in a manner that does not compromise effective delivery.


2 Transfer message to target language

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recall information from notes or memory.

2.2 Recognise and address issues in message transfer associated with the setting, language and concepts.

2.3 Deliver interpreting effectively, appropriate to audience and setting, without undue delay.

2.4 Use techniques to transfer the communicative intent and reflect the characteristics of the source.

2.5  Monitor interpreting process to identify when it is necessary to seek assistance or withdraw from assignment.


3 Evaluate interpreting performance

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate performance in line with issues encountered, assignment requirements and code of ethics.

3.2 Determine personal impact of assignment and identify need for debriefing and counselling.

3.3  Consider process improvement strategies.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of activities will include: role plays, interpreting and presenting speeches (incorporating the use of videos and real people), note-taking practice, building contextual knowledge, building terminology in English and LOTE, peer observation in class and in guided weekly activities.

LANG5860C Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts will be delivered with this unit in Monologue Interpreting cluster. 

Teaching Schedule

This course is clustered and co-delivered with LANG5860C Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts.  Part time spoken language group will cover this cluster in Semester 1 and 2.  Detailed teaching schedule to be provided by the instructors.

Teaching will commence in the week of 26 February 2018 as Week 1.

The below is a sample schedule for full time group ( Mandarin, Japanese).

No. of WeekTopics to cover/ Assessment schedule
1Course introduction/ Education

Mid semester break ( Easter break)


Social welfare


Social welfare

Assessment 1 LANG5857C  : Monologue interpreting ( English into LOTE, LOTE into English)


Business / Tourism



Assessment 1 feedback









Assessment 2 LANG5857C: Monologue interpreting ( English into LOTE, LOTE into English)


 Assessment only


 Assessment only

15  Assessment only


*This is a teaching schedule sample for full time group.  Teaching schedule for part time group will be provided by the instructors.

*Please note. In each class delivery, competency elements of Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts will be covered together. Detailed schedule to be provided by the instructor.

* Please note. The topics are indicative only and may vary between language groups depending on their specific needs. The topics will be incorporated in dialogue interpreting practice and assessments.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The unit is supported online using CANVAS. CANVAS gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to CANVAS can be found on RMIT website:

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be ongoing during the semester and you will be asked a variety of assessment tasks and activities to assess your level of competence against key performance criteria.
These assessment tasks/activities include, but not limited to, the following:

- Practical demonstrations

- Role plays

- Observation checklists

- Peer review

- Real or simulated interpreting assignments

Assessment Tasks

LANG5857C Assessment Tasks 1 and 3 from Monologue cluster

AT 1: Consecutive monologue interpreting : Students will be required to interpret two approximately 150 word Monologues. One monologue in English to be interpreted into LOTE, the other in LOTE to be interpreted into English. Word count is based on English. The assessment details will be confirmed by the instructor. 

Full time:

English into LOTE: Week 6

LOTE into English: Week 12

Part time:

English into LOTE: Week 12, semester 1

LOTE into English: Week 12, semester 2

Assessment Task 3 : Interpreting Reflective report

Students will be required to complete a series of reflective report about interpreting performance on a template provided from the program. The requirements of the report will be explained on the template. Report submission to be through CANVAS. Due: Full time group Week 13 Semester 1. Part time group Week 13 Semester 2.

Assessment Matrix

LANG5857C Elements



Receive and analyse source message



Transfer message to target language



Evaluate interpreting performance





Other Information

Grading Schedule:

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). If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed them 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
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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 
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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
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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).
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Special Consideration:

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