Course Title: Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: LANG5860C

Course Title: Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Japanese group
Atsuko Taniguchi (

Mandarin group
Linzi Lai (

Korean group
Anna H Lee Kim (

AUSLAN: Benjamin Souter ( Meredith Bartlett (

Christopher Dunn (

Arabic: Mueen Albreihi (

Dari : Enayatullah Zara (

Karen : TBA

Vietnamese: Trang (Amanda) Ho-Pham (  

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills required to conduct predictable and non-routine, varied communications, transactions and interactions in a language other than English (LOTE), to meet the oral language and communication needs of interpreting in general settings. It involves conversing with others, providing detailed information and advice, responding to unpredictable situations and conducting negotiations at a functional level.

This unit applies to those working as interpreters in a range of fields or contexts.

There is no direct parity with any formal language proficiency ratings or assessment framework, but this unit broadly relates to International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) 3.

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:

PSPTIS044 Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts


1. Converse with others

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use techniques to extend interactions with others.
1.2 Seek and offer additional information and assistance to support
quality of communication and service.
1.3 Support communication with comments on topical familiar
matters, workplace business and events.
1.4 Use non-verbal communication to convey an acceptance of and
sensitivity towards others.


2. Provide detailed information and advice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify need for detailed information and advice.
2.2 Convey detailed information and advice using narrative and
descriptive statements.
2.3 Repeat, paraphrase and clarify communications to avoid
misunderstanding and to explain difficult points.
2.4 Use workplace documents, materials and other references to
support explanations as required.


3. Respond to unpredictable situations and problems

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify key facts of problems and facilitate solutions through
open communication with relevant people.
3.2 Provide appropriate advice in response to requests, unpredictable
situations and problems.
3.3 Convey appropriate apologies and expressions of regret as


4. Negotiate a simple agreement

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Exchange key information and reach agreement on details.
4.2 Provide appropriate explanations about products and services.
4.3 Achieve mutual understanding and agreement.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

For this unit, instructors will use a range of activities using LOTE only; role plays in dialogues in various domains/workplace situations, presenting simulated speeches (incorporating the use of videos and real people), note-taking practice, peer observation in class and in guided weekly activities.

LANG5857C Interpret in general monologue settings will be delivered with this unit in Interpreting cluster. 

Teaching Schedule

This course is clustered and co-delivered with LANG5857C Interpret in general monologue settings.  Part time spoken language group will cover this cluster in Semester 1 and 2.  Detailed teaching schedule to be provided by the instructors.

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

NoEducation Settings

Interpret in general monologue settings :LANG5857C


Demonstrate routine LOTE proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts:LANG5860C


1Course introduction Education(ASSESSMENT 1 for LANG5857C: ONGOING observation WEEK1-12

Receive and analyse source message.

Transfer message to target language.                                            

Evaluate interpreting performance.

-Converse with others

-Provide detailed information and advice

-Respond to unpredictable situations and problems

-Negotiate a simple agreement








Social welfare


Social welfare

Assessment 1 LANG5860C: dialogue presentation




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


Mid Semester break



Assessment 2 feedback









Assessment 2 LANG5860C: dialogue presentation


Course revision:Last class:  Assessment 3 LANG5857C: Monologue interpreting ( English into LOTE, LOTE into English)


 Assessment only

15  Assessment only


*This is a teaching schedule sample for full time group ( Mandarin, Korean, Japanese).  Teaching schedule for part time groups; AUSLAN and other spoken languages 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 Blackboard. The Blackboard gives access to important announcements, staff contacts details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. Access to Blackboard can be found at myRMIT

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

Assessment Tasks 1 and 2: LOTE dialogue presentation in a pair

Students are required to present a prepared dialogue in a pair in their LOTE. Instructors will provide the dialogue topic/situation/brief scenario/role ( such as professional vs client, doctor vs patient, teacher vs parent) and advise what discourse elements needs to be covered while creating their dialogue. In the AT2, a different topic will be provided and the student will have to swap the role in the pair.

If the assessment details/format change, instructors will advise the changes to students immediately prior to the preparation of assessments.

Assessment Matrix

LANG5857C elements

AT1 ( Monologue  interpreting x 2)

AT2 ( Monologue  interpreting x 2)

·         Receive and analyse source message



·         Transfer message to target language



·         Evaluate interpreting performance



LANG5860C elements

AT1 ( LOTE dialogue presentation in a pair)

AT2  ( LOTE dialogue presentation in a pair)

·         Converse with others



·         Provide detailed information and advice



·         Respond to unpredictable situations and problems



·         Negotiate a simple agreement




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) award.If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed 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
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 
The Learning Lab is a collection of web-based resources including tip sheets and interactive tutorials on study skills, writing, English language development and maths. Access RMIT’s Learning Lab online via this link:

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 
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 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
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:

Special Consideration:

Students may apply for Special Consideration on a range of health or compassionate grounds where they experience unexpected or extenuating circumstances. Information on ‘How to apply for Special Consideration’ can be found at;ID=b1wqvnwk8aui

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