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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teaching Staff:

Spoken languages:

Steph Palomares

(03) 9925 2328


Meredith Bartlett

(03) 9925 2328

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.


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 at myRMIT

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 2 from Monologue cluster

Assessment Task 1 & 2 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:

AT1: Mid-term exam: Week 9-10

AT2: End of semester exam: Week 17-18

Part time:

AT1: Mid-term exam: Week 17-18, semester 1

AT2: End of semester exam: Week 17-18, semester 2


Assessment Matrix

LANG5857C Elements



Receive and analyse source message



Transfer message to target language



Evaluate interpreting performance



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.

Other Information

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 course coordinator as early as possible, and before the due date for submission.
You can apply for an extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – OR by emailing your course coordinator directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated, namely that you have been affected by unexpected or extenuating circumstances. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application. Failure to keep a back-up copy of your assessment, planned house moves, regular extra-curricular activities, other assessments and regular work commitments are not usually accepted as grounds for granting extensions.
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 
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

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 automatically receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each calendar day (or part thereof) late.
2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the original due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals 
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
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).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity 
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.

If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your course coordinator or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion 
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –– and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –

Plagiarism Software 
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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.
Student Complaints Policy: 
Student Complaints Procedure:
Student Complaints Form:

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