Course Title: Context and Practice of Interpreting 2 (in both language directions) Mandarin

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: LANG5448

Course Title: Context and Practice of Interpreting 2 (in both language directions) Mandarin

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6067 - Advanced Diploma of Translating and Interpreting

Course Contact : Brad Paez

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 0362

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Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Context and Practice of Interpreting 1 (in both language directions) Mandarin

Course Description

This course aims to further develop students’ skills and knowledge in oral transfer, the primary competency of the Professional Interpreter, and to locate and apply the relevant theoretical frameworks contextual knowledge required of complex assignments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBN926 Context and Practice of Interpreting 2 (in both language directions) Mandarin

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Carry out the interpretation of dialogues, short printed texts and short speeches that embody a reasonable level of linguistic and conceptual difficulty in the consecutive mode.
    • Exhibit during the interpretation process appropriate use of transfer skills, achieving acceptable meaning-based renderings.
    • Produce renderings that are appropriate to the text in lexis, idiom, register, collocation, style, stress, intonation, etc.
    • Exhibit during the interpretation process appropriate use of note-taking techniques.
    • Display appropriate body language during the interpretation process.
    • Interpret relatively simple dialogues and short speeches at the professional level making sure they are complete, accurate and impartial.
  2. Examine in depth a range of institutional and professional contexts in which interpreting and translating take place as professional activities, and apply related concepts and vocabulary within more complex interpreting practice.
    • Research Australia’s and the LOTE-speaking country’s institutional and professional contexts that arise in a substantial interpreting text.
    • Collaborate in developing acceptable equivalences (in English or the LOTE as applicable) for terminology relating to these contexts.
    • Apply a variety of techniques for interpreting words and terms that are difficult to transfer due to cultural factors.
    • Provide a comprehensive rationale for each equivalence. 

Details of Learning Activities

In small groups and in language laboratories you develop the skills and knowledge to perform complex interpreting tasks. In particular, the instruction will aim to assist you to:
• Communicate the languages concerned with sufficient structural accuracy, vocabulary and fluency to participate effectively in exchanges on practical, social and professional subjects.
• Demonstrate knowledge of a number of particular interests and special fields of competence.
• Understand what speakers of both target and source languages say when speaking in the standard variety and the most common colloquial varieties.
• Comprehend speech at a normal rate of delivery.
• Understand what speakers of both target and source languages say when speaking in the standard variety and the most common colloquial varieties.
• Demonstrate a broad enough range of vocabulary to ensure that they rarely have to grope for a word in discussing subjects.
• Convey meaning accurately
• Use relatively complex structures.
• Use the meaning-based approach to interpreting, as the most appropriate approach for practice.
• Carry out research to identify relevant contextual knowledge.
• Handle dialogue segments of up to sixty words in length in relatively specialised situations, and across a wide range of subjects.
• Interpret short speeches and addresses of approximately 300 words.
• Interpret these dialogues and speeches in the consecutive mode.
• In both dialogue and speech interpreting and in both language directions, produce high-quality interpretations in terms of accuracy, standard of expression, style and register.
• Develop effective communication and public speaking skills, including proficiency in persuasive language and appropriate choice of cohesive and stylistic devices, register, collocation and idiom.

Teaching Schedule

Students will be provided with a program calendar outlining a series of weekly themes/topics that form a guide for study and practice.

Students will participate in class practice includin gthe practice examination during the semester. Final NAATI Accreditation Examination will take place during the University’s formal examination period immediately following the end of semester.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

What will I need access to for this course?

Learning materials will largely be generated by the teachers (including professional interpreting texts and other written and oral/aural materials from the press, Internet, media and government publications) as the module is specifically targeted to practical skills that are necessary to the development of interpreting skills. Students may be required to identify appropriate materials for the completion of assessment tasks, e.g. library resources. Students need access to the following texts and references:
Baker, M., In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation,
Routledge, London, 1999.
Gentile, A., Ozolins, U. & Vasilakakos, M., Liaison Interpreting: A Handbook, Melbourne University Press, 1996

Overview of Assessment

Two Learning Outcome tasks.

Assessment Tasks

NAATI Accreditation Examination: 2 bilingual dialogues and 2 speeches (one from Eng into LOTE, one from LOTE into Eng) to be interpreted consecutively. (100%)

Assessment Matrix

Learning Outcome activities have been designed in accordance with specified competencies.

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